In response to widespread criticism from fans over his plans for the DC Universe, James Gunn has issued a statement defending his decisions as co-chairman and CEO of DC Studios. Last week, it was announced that Gunn was writing a new Superman film that would not feature Henry Cavill in the lead role.
In a series of tweets, Gunn addressed the “uproarious and unkind” reactions to the news, stating that he and his colleague Peter Safran are making their choices “with sincere hearts & integrity & always with the story in mind.” He went on to emphasize that he and Safran are committed to their roles as “artists & custodians” and will not be swayed by negative feedback. While no further details have been released about the new Superman film, Gunn has previously stated that it will explore an “earlier part of Superman’s life” and will not be an origin story.
One of the things Peter & I were aware of when we took the job as heads of DC Studios was a certain minority of people online that could be, well, uproarious & unkind, to say the least.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 19, 2022
It’s not uncommon for major creative decisions to be met with backlash, especially when it comes to beloved characters with a long history like Superman. While some fans may be disappointed to see Cavill step down from the role, it’s important to remember that creative teams often have different visions for how to tell a story and that change can often bring fresh and exciting new perspectives.
Gunn’s statement makes it clear that he and Safran are committed to upholding the integrity of the DC characters and telling the best possible story, regardless of any negative reactions they may receive. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a beloved actor in an iconic role, but as Cavill himself stated, the “changing of the guard is something that happens” and he wishes Gunn and Safran the best of luck in their new endeavors.
As for what’s next for the DC Universe, it’s unclear what direction Gunn and Safran will take. However, with their commitment to storytelling and their deep appreciation for the legacy of these characters, fans can rest assured that their decisions will be made with care and respect for the source material. Regardless of who takes on the mantle of Superman, the character will always be a symbol of hope and inspiration for fans around the world.
— Richard Arias (@dt_rockitspider) December 19, 2022
- Some like Angry Joe are less convinced
It’s worth noting that Gunn and Safran’s plans for the DC Universe are still in the early stages, and there is currently very little information available about the new Superman film or any other projects that they may be working on. However, Gunn is no stranger to helming major blockbuster franchises, having previously directed the Guardians of the Galaxy films for Marvel Studios. With his proven track record and his clear passion for storytelling, it’s likely that he and Safran will bring some fresh and exciting ideas to the table for the DC Universe.
Regardless of what the future holds, it’s important to remember that change is a natural part of the entertainment industry, and it’s always possible that new actors and creative teams will come on board to bring their own unique perspectives to beloved characters. While it can be difficult to say goodbye to actors and creative teams that fans have grown attached to, it’s important to stay open to new ideas and to give new talents a chance to shine.
While it’s natural to have mixed feelings about major creative changes, it’s important to stay open-minded and to give these new talents the opportunity to show what they can do. So, we should give them a chance and wait to see what they have in store for us.