Ever since he took over DC Studios with Peter Safran, James Gunn has been on fans’ radars for more than one reason. Wiping DC’s entire slate clean to start from catch in an attempt to reboot the DC Universe, dismissing fan-favorite actors in the blink of an eye (yes, people still haven’t recovered from Henry Cavill’s exit as Superman), introducing films and shows as a part of the freshly restructured DCU that the audience doesn’t seem to be thrilled about in the least, the list goes on.
As if Gunn hadn’t gotten on the bad side of fans enough already, a new ordeal seems to be forming against him, which this time, targets both his professional as well as personal life. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how he’s going to extricate himself from this one.
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A New Obstacle Hinders James Gunn In His Professional Life
Recently, the DCU co-chief was mentioned in a tweet that subtly accused him of nepotism, claiming that his wife bagged a peculiarly inordinate number of roles in various DCEU projects, all thanks to James Gunn‘s position of power.
The user further claimed that Jennifer Holland has in fact, made more appearances in films and shows than the most renowned superheroes including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, to name a few. He even went so far as to say that her “greatest accomplishment is becoming James Gunn’s wife.”
James Gunn's wife greatest accomplishment is becoming James Gunn's wife . That woman has more appearances in the DCEU than superman, batman, Wonder woman, Cyborg, Lex Luthor, Joker , Dwayne Johnson, deathstroke…etc pic.twitter.com/J34l9OWTE8
— MØ Ω 🌞 (@IamMO214) January 26, 2023
Holland, 36, is an actress and model who is famous for playing a DCEU character named Emilia Harcourt, an NSA agent who collaborated with Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S to keep a check on Task Force X. She has portrayed Harcourt’s character several times on screen, including in HBO’s Peacemaker and 2021’s The Suicide Squad, both of which were helmed by none other than Gunn. Holland also had a cameo in Dwayne Johnson-led Black Adam as Waller’s lackey.
Although the 56-year-old filmmaker got married to Holland just last September in 2022, the couple had been together for the past seven years before they tied the knot. So, that probably explains her roles in DCEU projects before 2022.
See also: “It resets many things, not all things”: James Gunn Reveals The Flash Can’t Erase His Wife Jennifer Holland From the DCU Despite Ousting Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck Without Remorse
How Fans Are Reacting to James Gunn Being Involved in Nepotism
Gunn was already on thin ice after carrying out such drastic changes at DC Studios and rendering almost the entirety of the fandom colossally disappointed. So it certainly doesn’t help that fingers are being pointed at him for indulging in seemingly nepotistic behavior involving his wife. And people seem to be in agreement at large with this new accusation thrown at the Guardians of the Galaxy director.
— Nerd Prime (@bmbtrck) January 26, 2023
Nepotism on steroids
— Nolan Grayson (@Omni_man96) January 27, 2023
— MARVELDCUSA (@MARVEL_DC_USA) January 26, 2023
See also: “Call me, please”: Wonder Woman Writer Gail Simone Begs James Gunn to Include Her in His Diana Storyline After Patty Jenkins Exit That Put Gal Gadot’s Future in Doubt
Being his wife…ugh…I can't call it an accomplishment. She's as bad as he is.
— Steve “UnfrozenCavemanWarrior” Jacobson (@Unfrozenbadboy) January 27, 2023
GROSS 🤮#SellZSJLtoNetflix#SellSnyderversetoNetflix#RestoreTheSnyderVerse#netflix pic.twitter.com/vMvtsnejmr
— TonkyBro (@tonkybro3) January 27, 2023
Fate certainly doesn’t seem to be on Gunn’s side from the way things have been going for him over the past few months.
Hopefully, though, he will have concrete results to back up all the turmoil he caused with his grand reboot plan for the DCU because that’s probably the only way he can get back in the good graces of the fans now.