“They’re not in the movie”: James Gunn Once Again Clears Nepotism Accusations for Superman: Legacy With Cheeky Dig

James Gunn made fun of the constant nepotism accusations against him in his recent social media post.

“They’re not in the movie”: James Gunn Once Again Clears Nepotism Accusations for Superman: Legacy With Cheeky Dig


  • James Gunn has been consistently making good superhero projects over the years.
  • However, in the past few years, fans have been accusing him of promoting nepotism for casting his wife in every project.
  • Gunn indirectly poked fun at these people in a recent Instagram post.
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James Gunn has been a consistent filmmaker producing many fine works over the years. After his two acclaimed indie films, Slither and Super, Gunn transitioned to big-budget filmmaking with the Guardians of the Galaxy films in the MCU. Before he became the head of DC Studios, he even made some of the best DC projects, including The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker.

A still from James Gunn's The Suicide Squad
A still from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad

Despite Gunn’s films being loved by fans, there is one aspect that they have been complaining about in the past few years. The director has been including his wife Jennifer Holland in some of his recent projects, and some have accused him of promoting nepotism. Gunn clapped back at those haters in a social media post where he made fun of their constant complaints.

James Gunn’s New Post Pokes Fun At Constant Nepotism Accusations

Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt in James Gunn's Peacemaker
Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt in James Gunn’s Peacemaker

After consistently proving his grasp over the comic book world through his back-to-back successful works, James Gunn has now become the head of DC Studios. After enormous success with his work in the MCU, he is now set to revitalize the DC brand, beginning with Superman: Legacy. While fans have continued to support his work, one aspect of his films has received some flak.


Some sections of audiences have pointed out how Gunn always cast his wife Jennifer Holland in his work. Holland was seen as Emilia Harcourt in Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad and as Kwol in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. People grew tired of this trend and accused Gunn of promoting nepotism by putting his wife in every possible film and TV project.

Gunn is about to start filming his first film in the new DCU with Superman: Legacy. Recently, he posted an Instagram photo of him, Freddie Stroma, and Holland on the sets of the film. The two were visiting, and Gunn seemed to be taking them on a tour of the sets.

The director wrote a hilarious note where he seemed to be indirectly responding to the nepotism claims, stating that both Stroma and Holland were not in Superman: Legacy. He wrote,


“With Freddie Stroma & @jenniferlholland showing them around the #Superman sets (no they’re not in the movie)”

In addition to Holland, people were also critical that Gunn keeps bringing back Nathan Fillion in some type of role in the majority of his films. The difference now is that Fillion is playing a major role in Superman: Legacy rather than a cameo appearance. Holland will surely have a role in Gunn’s universe, and it remains to be seen how fans respond to it.

Joe Manganiello Reveals Sad Update About Deathestroke’s DC Future

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in Justice League
Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in Justice League

Joe Manganiello was introduced in 2017’s Justice League as Deathstroke and was supposed to be the main villain in the canceled Ben Affleck solo Batman film. After that plans fell apart, Manganiello appeared in more screen time in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. However, with the DC now getting rebooted, the future of the character was left in jeopardy.

Manganiello recently spoke to Comicbook.com about the future of his character in James Gunn‘s DCU. The actor revealed that he had a script for a Deathstroke film that Jim Lee, the chief creative officer of DC Comics, wanted to convert to a graphic novel. Sadly, Gunn told him that the character did not have a future at DC and told him to let it go. He said,


“James (Gunn) is my buddy, and James and I had a conversation about it because Jim Lee over at DC Comics wanted me to create a graphic novel series based on the screenplay that I wrote for the Deathstroke origin film… But no one could assure me that, if it garnered the attention of directors and producers, that I couldn’t be attached. James Gunn was just like, ‘Let it go.'”

It is incredibly sad that Manganiello did not get the chance to flesh out his Deathstroke. Fans were also enthusiastic about his character, but sadly, Manganiello is officially done as the character. It remains to be seen if Gunn will cast Manganiello as another character in his DCU.


Written by Rahul Thokchom

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Rahul Thokchom is a content writer at Fandomwire who is passionate about covering the world of pop culture and entertainment. He has a Masters Degree in English that contributes to the richness and creativity in his works.