James Gunn's entry as one of DC Studios' top creatives is easily one of the biggest news to hit the comic book film fandom. While most folks are genuinely pleased that the DC Universe will be overseen by the Marvel director, some fans have been criticizing Gunn for accepting the role, especially after he made it clear that he has no intentions of becoming the franchise's Kevin Feige.
On Twitter, the director of the DCU's first feature film Superman: Legacy hit back at a fan who accused him of lying when he accepted David Zaslav's offer to co-lead DC Studios with Peter Safran. Insisting that he's never lied to the fandom, Gunn clarified that he only took on the executive position because he knew Safran would also be co-handling the franchise.
As for his decision to direct The Suicide Squad, Gunn explained that while the offer to do a Superman project was always on the table, he felt during the time that he wasn't ready to do it.
Gunn responded: "Neither of those were lies. I was offered Superman but did Squad instead. A few years later I saw how to tackle Superman & took it on. I didn’t want to be the sole CEO of DC, but when they came & offered it to me AND Peter I said yes because I could focus on the creative side."
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To be fair, Gunn shouldn't be vilified for having a change of heart because that happens. While I understand that he's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, I think some fans need to set aside their biases and give Gunn and Safran all the support they can get.
The DCU's first big-screen offering, Superman: Legacy is scheduled for release on July 11, 2025.