James Gunn: "If cinecomics don't evolve they'll be more and more boring"

James Gunn: If cinecomics don't evolve they'll be more and more boring

James Gunn

With his The Suicide Squa d on the way, director James Gunn has exposed his thoughts on the trend of films based on comics, which have become increasingly relevant in recent years, and how these must change, evolve, to stay on the crest of the wave.

James Gunn now has some experience with superhero movies, having first directed and written the Super movie and then landed at Marvel Studios for which he directed the two Guardians of the Galaxy films (and is currently also working on the third chapter), while for Warner Bros. relaunched the Suicide Squad franchise with the film due out in August and made the Peacemaker miniseries, out next year on HBO Max.

Promoting the new film Warner, Gunn has talked about the film with The Irish Times, then opening up about the future of cinecomics. He expressed concern, comparing the parable of cinecomics to that of other genres that were so fashionable in Hollywood years ago and explaining how this could be avoided.

We all know what happened to western films, and also war movies. I don't think you need a genius to do 2 + 2 and understand that there is a recurrence of events for this genre of films, and we know that the only chance superhero comic films have to survive is that they change. . They are stupid. And I find most of them boring. When they started going out I was delighted. They reminded me of the awesomeness of the first time I saw the Superman movie. I still love that movie today. I know very well that he's actually a guy with cables and a blue background with some crappy special effects. And then Iron Man came out, and I liked it. You can make a dude fly and make him really look like a flying dude. And being able to do it is beautiful. But if the movies don't change they'll get really, really boring.

James Gunn's The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad, directed and written by James Gunn, will star Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Michael Rooker ( Savant), Flula Borg (Javelin), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2), Idris Elba (Bloodsport), Mayling NG (Mongal), Peter Capaldi (The Thinker) , Alice Braga (Solsoria), Sylvester Stallone (King Shark), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Nathan Fillion (TDK), Sean Gunn (Weasel), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and John Cena (Peacemaker), along with Steve Agee, Taika Waititi and Storm Reid.

The film will be released in our theaters on August 5, 2021, one day earlier than in the United States. In the meantime, you can get to know the characters of the Suicide Squad by purchasing the DC Comics comic books dedicated to them and their previous film incarnation by David Ayer on Amazon.

James Gunn Says The Suicide Squad Is The Ultimate All-Time Comic Book Movie


Taste and personal preference is entirely subjective, but that hasn’t stopped debate raging on for years about the greatest comic book movie ever made. In terms of scope, scale and sheer fan service, then Avengers: Endgame and Zack Snyder’s Justice League should definitely be taken into consideration.

If we’re talking about nothing but acclaim, then Black Panther and Joker landed Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards, while The Dark Knight and Logan definitely can’t be overlooked. One thing most people would agree on is that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad isn’t even in the same orbit as the aforementioned titles, but James Gunn’s soft reboot of the titular antiheroes could be poised to enter the conversation if it lives up to the lofty expectations set by the early reactions.

Of course, no filmmaker is going to talk up their own work as the best thing the most popular genre in cinema has ever seen before audiences have the chance to decide for themselves, but in a new interview Gunn outlined his hopes that he’s delivered the ultimate comic book blockbuster with The Suicide Squad.

“Really, I just wanted to do the ultimate all-time comic book movie, and I created The Suicide Squad based on one of my favorite books of all time by John Ostrander about a group of really crappy supervillains being used as fodder by the US government for Black Ops, putting them out on suicide visits where most of them die. This group of Suicide Squad members goes to Corto Maltese, a fictional island off the coast of Argentina, to try to stop an insurrection.”

Both of Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy efforts received widespread acclaim from critics and fans, so when you throw in the writer and director getting the chance to lean into his R-rated sensibilities and couple it with a level of creative freedom Warner Bros. is hardly famed for handing over to the DCEU’s creative personnel, then we could be in store for something special.

Obviously, Gunn is hitting the promotional trail hard with the release of The Suicide Squad just a couple of weeks away, so the hype machine is operating at maximum capacity, but based on everything we’ve seen and heard, he might not be too far off the mark.