James Gunn has been the center of attention the past few weeks and not at all for the right reasons. His addition to the DC Studios came as a ray of hope for the fan who believed that he would be the savior of the superhero universe. However, he and Peter Safran’s new slate for the DCU’s future came as a huge shock to the fans.
The Removal of Henry Cavill’s Superman did not sit right with the fans. They blamed James Gunn and Peter Safran for ruining the one thing they believed was going well for the studios. James Gunn, especially, was on the receiving end of a lot of hate on the Internet and as we all know by now, trolls do not hold back. After keeping quiet for a few days, James Gunn opened up about the hate the duo has been receiving.
James Gunn Calls Out the Haters
Henry Cavill’s exit from the DCU wasn’t a piece of news that fans were going to accept silently. On top of that, the futures of the characters of Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot among others, aren’t certain either. All of this combined was sure to bring James Gunn a lot of hate comments, which is exactly what happened. Calling him the newest villain of the DCU, fans bombarded the director with criticism on the Internet. While at first Gunn didn’t seem to pay attention to his haters, he had to eventually address them.
Posting his side of the story on both Twitter and Instagram, Gunn stated that when he and co-head Peter Safran took the steering wheels of the DC Studios into their hands, they knew exactly what they were signing up for, referring to how fans could get a little hateful towards the creators stating that a “minority” of fans could get “uproarious and unkind.” He continued that while the choice made at the studios could sometimes be great and sometimes not, they are always made with “sincere hearts and integrity and always with the story in mind.”
No one loves to be harassed or called names – but, to be frank, we’ve been through significantly worse. Disrespectful outcry will never, ever affect our actions.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 19, 2022
The Guardians of the Galaxy director added that “no one loves to be harassed or called names” and stated that despite the hate they have been receiving, they have been through worse ordeals. According to Gunn, making difficult and not-so-obvious decisions is part of the package deal when you’re leading one of the biggest studios in the industry, and that they will be met with disapproving glances. However, Gunn added that “disrespectful outcry” is never going to affect their actions.
In the end, Gunn stated that the hate the duo is receiving won’t change their ways as they are working to give DCU a wide and wonderful future. Looks like despite the avalanche of disapproval and trolls, Gunn and Safran are steady on their paths!
Fans Weren’t a Fan of James Gunn’s Statement
Gunn’s statement did not impress the fans a bit. They believed that the way Gunn talked about the fans was disrespectful, to say the least. They took to Twitter to denounce Gunn’s statement and called him out for playing the victim in the situation. Fans stated that Gunn needs to be more sensitive towards his audience who is responsible for making or breaking his upcoming films.
Outcry will never affect your actions? Kind of a weird stance in an industry based on the approval of the audience.
— Nocona Youngblood (@ElCamioneroDeTX) December 20, 2022
What’s that you won’t listen to the fans that watch your movies?
— Dave Jones (@Jonezeyz) December 19, 2022
Well you can be sure disrespectful treatment of a fan base will most certainly affect our actions. Specifically in what counts, our money.
— Mini DarthV (@Mini_DarthV) December 21, 2022
What a disrespectful way to treat the very people who watch the movies and bump up those box office numbers.
— Boba (@Boba95873618) December 21, 2022
Love how you call it disrespectful outcry. You barely warm the chair before you kicked out Henry. The only disrespectful one is you. We'll make you feel the pain at the box office. You taking over DC is like Brady coming back this season and thinking he can still win a Superbowl
— Tobias Hamrick (@TobiasHamrick) December 21, 2022
Calling fans disrespectful when they're simply reacting to being disrespected by you?! 🤔
— Rip (@Rip79) December 21, 2022
Gunn might have put his heart out in the open but there are only a few who are siding with him and Safran in the ongoing debate. However, fans can do nothing except wait and see what the future of DCU under the Gunn-Safran regime turns out to be.