There is little doubt that the world was shocked when James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 back in 2018. It was a huge shock that had fans starting a petition for his reinstatement but luckily, Gunn was brought back into the project the following year.
Not surprisingly, Gunn has chosen not to talk about his firing and appeared to have moved on since then. However, the filmmaker has finally chosen to speak about the issue.
In an interview with Esquire, Gunn broke his silence and addressed his 2018 firing, admitting that he had to take some time to think about his predicament.
"I just—things went crazy there for a moment. I just sort of stayed in my space, and I was honest to myself," Gunn said. "I didn't let it destroy me in any way. I took responsibility for things that I had done. That was certainly not a blameless situation."
Gunn then pointed out that being hired to direct The Suicide Squad saved his career as it helped Marvel reconsider their decision. The filmmaker confirmed that he was called to Kevin Feige's house to discuss his reinstatement in the third Guardians movie. He then had to contact Warner Bros. about what happened.
"I had to call [Warner Bros Chairman] Toby Emmerich and tell him too. But I told him, ‘I'm totally committed to The Suicide Squad, it doesn't mean that I'm just leaving to go back to Marvel forever, and we'll never be back to DC. I just want to be honest with everybody," Gunn said.
It's a relief that everything worked out perfectly for Gunn. Luckily, this means we'll be getting two awesome comic book movies from him in the near future.
The Suicide Squad will premiere in selected theaters and on HBO Max on August 5, 2021. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled for release on May 5, 2023.