The DC cinematic universe has been unraveled and it has been a somewhat cathartic experience of sorts. The audience that has been waiting in nervous excitement for the grand masterplan of James Gunn ever since his ascension on November 1, 2022, has now found great interest in how the foundational stories will be laid out to form a more unified story. These plans that begin with Chapter 1 titled Gods & Monsters are now a universal topic of discussion among the fandom for its intricate and diverse caricature of superheroes.
However, although each story in DCU’s origin chapter looks distinctly separate from the next, there must be an order to the chaos, at least in Gunn’s mind. For that matter, what remains missing from the audience’s inexperienced naked eye remains highly perceptible to the DC Studios’ CEO himself, mostly because of his garnered know-how of the workings of the CBM industry from the time spent with Marvel making the Guardians trilogy.
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James Gunn Talks About Marvel’s Inner System of Working
After spending almost a decade with the Marvel family, the director who leaves his nest for brighter opportunities turns back at the franchise that gave him the reins to begin visualizing his dreams. According to Gizmodo, the follow-up Q&A after James Gunn and Peter Safran’s presentation of the DCU slate also involved questions that found the former drawing up a comparison as to how DC can differ from Marvel because of their different work ethics.
“Marvel didn’t have everything completely worked out ahead of time. But they did a lot of things really well, one of which is not giving up. And I really love that about Kevin [Feige] and Lou [D’Esposito] and the whole gang. I’ve seen them turn bad movies into okay movies, okay movies into good movies, and good movies into great movies because they do not fu*king stop.
They give it whatever it needs to make it as good as it can possibly be until the 11th hour. And they’ll be editing the day before the premiere. It’s a lot. Too much.”
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In comparison, the DCU slate comes fully prepared and scripted in advance to avoid errors or last-minute breakdowns and reshoots. This not only saves extra cost and time for the cast and crew during post-production but will also create a healthier work environment for the CGI and VFX team due to the orderly and clear-sighted functioning of James Gunn’s blueprint.
On the other hand, Gunn’s claims about Marvel’s post-production functionality also bring to light the heated debate surrounding the franchise’s horrible working conditions for its CGI and VFX crew that originated in 2022.
Will James Gunn Be Able to Deliver a Better DCU?
Since 2014, James Gunn has made a name for himself with his consecutive works on Marvel’s Phase Two roster with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and its Vol. 2 sequel released 3 years later. Both works, although incredibly successful, were only a fraction of the talent that Gunn harbored, and his post at Marvel, no matter how valued, did not allow the full exploitation of his prowess in the creation of a visionary universe.
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This time, Gunn hardly has a roadblock to stop churning out ideas best for the DC universe, including plans for its continuity and sustainability for the long term. His clear-sighted path for the proper running of the franchise – a huge digression from the functioning of the previous management – has already been welcomed as a refreshing change by the fandom. And one can only hope that Gunn’s inherent skills combined with what he learned from his stay at Marvel will allow him to proliferate a better vision on the silver screen in the years to come.