The director of The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy is exasperated by the incomprehension that continues to strike a decried cinematographic genre despite its great popular success.
Do superhero movies deserve the consideration of moviegoers? Condescended, if not with contempt, the avalanche of Marvel or DC productions that sweeps in every year still seems to prance with disconcerting ease in the top tier of the global box office. Struck with horror at their mere evocation, a part of the public however hardly finds its account in these entertainments with great spectacle. The same goes for a number of acclaimed creators such as David Cronenberg, Ken Loach, or even Martin Scorsese who had swept, in 2019, the genre with the back of his hand. A round of criticism that James Gunn, the director of The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy.
A fervent defender of the superheroic genre, the American filmmaker was once again annoyed this week by the regrettable opportunism of Martin Scorsese who, during the promotion of The irishman two years ago, said that the Marvel movies were not “Not from the cinema”, but at most “Amusement parks”. “I just think it’s awfully cynical that he continues to oppose Marvel and that is the only thing that allows him to throw his film into the limelight.”, thus sorry James Gunn at the microphone of the last episode of the American podcast Happy Sad Confused, broadcast Wednesday. He’s doing his film behind the scenes of Marvel productions, and he’s using it to draw attention to something that wasn’t getting as much attention as he wanted. “
Despite this harsh criticism, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy This does not mean that Martin Scorsese, whom he considers “Probably the greatest living American filmmaker”. If he refuses to devote all superheroic productions to gemonies, James Gunn keeps a lucid look on the recurring criticisms addressed to this kind of film. If only the constant interference of the studios in the creative process. “There are a lot of big show movies that have no heart or soul, he nodded, recalling the memory of colleagues with overflowing enthusiasm broken by the Hollywood machine. I saw them bow to all the whims of the studios and be frankly disgusted ”.
James Gunn probably knows what he’s talking about, he who was ostracized by Marvel and Disney in 2018 for fifteen tasteless jokes on rape and pedophilia that he tweeted between 2008 and 2011. Hired at Warner to realize The Suicide Squad, the director was finally picked up in 2019 to complete the third part of the Guardians of the Galaxy. “Disney had every right to fire meHe told Deadline shortly after his return. There was no question of freedom of expression. I wrote things they didn’t like and they had the right to fire me. ”
Many of our grandfathers thought that all gangster movies were the same, often calling them “despicable”. And some of our great-grandfathers thought the same of westerns and believed that the John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone movies were all exactly the same.
In any case, this is not the first time that the director has gone up to the front to defend superhero films. In 2019, James Gunn had already reacted to the projection of Martin Scorsese by deploring the a priori judgment of the American master: “I was shocked when people stepped up to the plate against The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I am saddened that today, he judges my films in the same way », he wrote on Twitter. He also did not fail to thrill Francis Ford Coppola, who had subscribed to Martin Scorsese’s remarks and then added with his own volley of green wood by declaring: “Martin was nice when he said it wasn’t cinema. He didn’t say it was contemptible, that’s what I’m saying “. Response from James Gunn: “Many of our grandfathers thought that all gangster movies were the same, often calling them “despicable”. And some of our great-grandfathers thought the same of westerns and believed that the John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone movies were all exactly the same.s ”. In the changing world of cinema, the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns continues unabated.