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James Gunn talks about Superman Legacy’s tone and superhero fatigue

The writer, director, and now boss at DC Studios has opened up about Superman Legacy’s tone being radically different from his usual humor, and about more changes to come.

James Gunn

James Gunn, director and screenwriter of the upcoming Superman Legacy and head of DC Studios alongside Peter Safran, is known for his peculiar sense of humor that he applies to his different movies, especially superhero ones. Such was the case with Guardians of the Galaxy and his vision of The Suicide Squad, which left their mark for their carefree yet heartfelt tone. That is why many wonder if Superman Legacy, the reboot of the man of steel in his charge, will maintain this tone. Gunn gave an emphatic: “No”. This was stated in a recent interview with Rolling Stone coinciding with the upcoming premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, where the filmmaker also spoke about the supposed public fatigue regarding the superheroes genre.

James Gunn: Superman and the superhero genre

Thus, regarding the possible similarities between Superman Legacy and the rest of his filmography, Gunn assures that “I learned so much from making these movies. But it’s not like Superman is going to have exactly the same vibe as a Guardians movie. It’s actually quite different,” confirmed the filmmaker, to the reassurance of many fans who already imagined a reboot of the Man of Steel with a tone similar to his previous works.

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On one of the most current issues in Hollywood, which is none other than the alleged mass public fatigue regarding the superhero genre, Gunn concluded: " I get fatigued by most spectacle films, by the grind of not having an emotionally grounded story. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether they’re superhero movies or not. If you don’t have a story at the base of it, just watching things bash each other, no matter how clever those bashing moments are, no matter how clever the designs and the VFX are, it just gets fatiguing, and I think that’s very, very real.”

Source | Rolling Stone


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