What happens when one of the greatest producers and directors names his genre? Well, that’s what we’re wondering now as James Gunn opened up about the state of superhero movies.
While not on the level of Twitter’s chatter about “superhero fatigue,” The Suicide Squad director feels the genre is in a rut. In a recent interview with SFX Magazine, the filmmaker dropped one of his usual hottakes. When asked if he likes newer superhero movies, he indicated that the genre feels like it’s running out of ideas.
‘They’re mostly boring to me at the moment! [Laughs]. I loved them in the beginning, and there are still people trying to do different things [with them], so it’s not a 100% rule, but a lot of them are boring,” says Gunn.
Well, there’s no doubt that the superhero movies have been going strong for a while now, with only a few really breaking through. But for one of the biggest names currently working in comic books to say that, it’s pretty surprising.
But then again, everything seems to be gearing up for another seismic shift as Marvel’s Phase Four gears up for some multiverse madness, and the DCEU is always on the move. Can this new era brighten up James Gunn and many others, or can filmmakers go snooze on this wake-up call?
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Welcome to Hell – also known as Belle Reve, the prison with the highest death rate in the US of A. Where the worst super villains are held and where they will do anything to get out – even joins the super secret, super shady task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Collect a collection of cons including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then heavily arm them and drop them (literally) on the remote enemy-soaked island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle full of militant adversaries and guerrilla fighters at every turn, the Squad is on a search and destruction mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them wear… and Amanda Waller’s government techs in their ears, following their every move. . And as always, one wrong move and they are dead (at the hands of their opponents, a teammate or Waller himself). If anyone makes bets, the smart money is against them – all of them.
The Suicide Squad sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes: suicide squad returnees Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) as well as new DCEU signings Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi, Jennifer Holland , David Dastmalchian, Joaquín Cosío, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, John Cena, Pete Davidson, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Julio Ruiz, Steve Agee, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Sylvester Stallone.
The Suicide Squad is slated to release on July 30 in the UK and August 6 in the US