Ahead of its release in a few weeks, filmmaker James Gunn has been out talking up “The Suicide Squad” and its spin-off TV series “Peacemaker” starring John Cena.
While Gunn had strong success with several cult films like “Slither” and “Super,” he really broke through with Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel. He’ll soon begin filming the third entry in that series later this year.
Needless to say not only does he have plenty of experience with directing superhero films, he’s also a very big fan of the genre. He’s also quite honest with his opinions and whilst speaking to SFX Magazine (via ScreenRant) recently, he fairly bluntly discussed the state of superhero films in recent years. Turns out he’s not a big fan of the homogenous feel to them:
“They’re mostly boring to me right now! [Laughs]. I loved them at 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.”
That shouldn’t be a problem for “The Suicide Squad” or “Peacemaker” with Gunn happy to speak at length recently about the essentially absolute freedom he had with both projects thanks heavily to the R-rating.
The film’s producer Peter Safran told Collider recently just a bit about the film’s scale with the Corto Maltese-set opening sequence said to be “basically Saving Private Ryan. It’s our team landing on a beach in a big battle” complete with an entirely practical massive beachfront set.
Gunn directed five of the eight episodes of “Peacemaker” himself, with Jody Hill, Brad Anderson and Rosemary Rodriguez handling the others. Gunn explains to Empire: “[He’s] a piece of s–t. Not a good guy. He represents a part of the world populace that is problematic to say the least, and puts him in a situation where he has to face the choices he’s made throughout his life and the extremity of his views.”
“The Suicide Squad” hits cinemas and HBO Max on August 6th, check out the new King Shark-themed promo below, whilst “Peacemaker” arrives on HBO Max in early 2022.