The director of Guardians of the Galaxy has a simple message for Marvel and DC fans everywhere. Why can’t we all get along?
On Twitter, Gunn has posted a thread excoriating fans for toxic shouting matches occuring in his mentions, particularly in relation to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder’s... controversial superhero epic. Apparently, every time he brings up DC, his followers get to shouting about the film, and he’s tired of it.
Please, y’all, leave James Gunn alone. He doesn’t deserve all that shouting. Though he is right to point out a significant divide in superhero fan communities about the film. It showcases a strong ideological conflict about how we make superhero movies: how far is it okay to take these characters? If a vision like Snyder’s drifts miles away from the “canonical” characterization, is that a problem? And how much of a problem is it? Batman v. Superman has a lot of problems, as a film, but the vitriol with which people attack it seems to emerge from a deeper, more philosophical place. We’re not sure how dark superhero movies should be, and that can get real personal, real fast. The conflict has even divided DC’s movie division, with Wonder Woman seeming to be directly designed as a corrective to the tone Snyder struck in that film.
Myself, I have a confession to make: I like Batman v. Superman. At least the Director’s Cut. Maybe I’ll write that take sometime, and then get chased away with Bat-shaped chest brand-wielding Snyder haters. At least I’ll take the heat off of James Gunn for a while.