James Gunn Defends Bringing Marvel Actors to the DCU


James Gunn responds to a fan asking him not to put Guardians of the Galaxy stars in the DCU, saying that his priority is finding the right actors.

James Gunn will not be dissuaded from giving DC Universe roles to actors he’s worked with on the Guardians of the Galaxy series, if they’re right for the parts.

When a fan on Twitter asked Gunn to “find fresh actors” instead of “swimming in the same muddy pond” by reusing actors he’s worked with before, the new creative head of DC Studios made it clear that he doesn’t prioritize working with friends over what’s best for a movie. As well as arguing that he’s always worked with a mixture of unknown and well-known actors, including those he’s worked with before, Gunn laid out the two things he thinks are most important when casting. “What matters most is the actor fits the role [and] they’re easy to work with.”

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Gunn’s second requirement — that an actor is easy to work with — is a well-known personal rule for the director. If he hasn’t worked with an actor before, he reportedly calls around to check that they’re not difficult or unpleasant. When deciding to cast Freddie Stroma as Vigilante in Peacemaker, Gunn called Elizabeth Banks, who worked with Stroma on Pitch Perfect almost a decade earlier. “I won’t work with assholes,” Gunn said. “She told me he was great & she was right!”

A New DCU and Lots of Speculation

The theory from fans that Guardians cast members may be set to follow Gunn from Marvel to DC comes after Gunn hinted in a recent interview that he wants to work with them all again in his new position. Expressing sadness about the end of the film series and with it his working relationships with its stars, Gunn made it clear that he doesn’t think it’s goodbye forever. “I also know I will work again with all those people individually again. Probably at my other job.” Gunn had already teased that he may have a role in mind for Mantis actor Pom Klementieff, saying “Pom’s always a part of our plans!”

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Many excited fans have responded to Gunn’s hints with casting theories, with one idea — Chris Pratt as Booster Gold — recently causing division online. While some think he’s the perfect choice for the cocky time traveler, others have argued that Pratt isn’t charismatic enough, and that he’s too old to play the college-aged character. Gunn is yet to announce any new casting for upcoming DC projects, leaving fans to continue to speculate for the time being on if and where the Guardians cast may fit in.

The final outing for the series, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, hits cinemas on May 5, 2023.

Source: James Gunn, via Twitter


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