'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Says He Turned Down a DC Film

Gwynne Watkins
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
James Gunn, Chris Pratt, and Zoe Saldana at Comic-Con in July (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

If you thought that Suicide Squad could have used a little more Guardians of the Galaxy-style fun, well, then maybe Warner Bros. had the same thought. In a Facebook Q&A on Sunday, Guardians director James Gunn told fans that he’d turned down more than one offer to direct a DC Comics movie.

“I’ve had opportunities to make DC films, but I haven’t said yes to anything, and not sure I would at this time,” Gunn wrote to a fan, adding that he has yet to see either Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad.

While Gunn didn’t specify which DC movies had been offered to him, Suicide Squad would seem like a natural fit. Gunn was in high demand after the surprise box-office triumph of Guardians in July 2014, when Warner Bros. had yet to announce a director for Suicide Squad. Like Guardians, it’s an ensemble superhero film that balanced humor and action (though less successfully, if critics’ reaction is any indication). Whichever movie he was in the running for, Gunn knows what DC films he’d tackle if given the opportunity.

“I’ve talked before about which projects appeal to me the most IF I was into making one, and it’s always Shazam and Metal Men and Swamp Thing and Jonah Hex and a few other DC IPs I’ve enjoyed for a great deal of my life,” Gunn explained.

He also has an affinity for a certain Caped Crusader — but not the obvious one. When asked what female comic-book character he’d most like to make a film about, Gunn answered, “Maybe Batgirl. Cassandra Cain version.”

Gunn’s next film is Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which debuted its first footage at Comic-Con in July, featuring everyone’s favorite pint-sized tree creature.  “People cried and one person fainted when they saw Baby Groot,” Gunn told his Facebook fans. “He’s like the Beatles.”

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