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James Gunn had the chance to direct a DC movie, but didn't go through with it

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Jun 1, 2018

Writer/director/producer/all-around cool dude James Gunn is known for propelling a little-known Marvel superhero team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy into the spotlight. His first foray into the MCU was perhaps Disney's biggest risk back in 2014, but it paid off beyond anyone's wildest dreams, making a case for more obscure characters like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel.

Gunn is one of Disney's biggest assets, as he recently served as a producer and consultant on Avengers: Infinity War. The company won't be letting him go anytime soon, but what if he'd put his talents to good use at Warner Brothers' DCEU instead? It's like 2003 storyline, "Red Son," where Superman crash-lands in the Soviet Union rather than the United States.

We can only speculate about the outcome, but while interacting with a fan on Twitter yesterday, Gunn revealed that he had been offered a chance to direct a DC film for Warner Brothers. 

"Will you ever direct a DC movie if given the opportunity?" asked Ayush Mishra. 

"I’ve been given the opportunity. But who knows. Maybe?" was the filmmaker's short, yet illuminating retort. 

Funnily enough, he's the second well-known director to have passed on a superhero project after the mumblecore Duplass brothers, who weren't interested in Marvel "owning" them, no matter how big of a budget they were being offered. 

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The obvious question is "What was the oppurtunity?" Gunn has said in the past that he'd like to make a Doom Patrol movie and if this supposed oppurtunity took place after the release of the first Guardians, Warner Brothers might have been offering him anything on a silver platter. Again, all we can do is hypothesize, but there's no doubt that the DC cinematic universe is in desperate need of help and if anyone can fix the current model, it's creative guys like James Gunn. Plus, his reponse is proof that he's not opposed to the idea. 

Right now, he's currently hard at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will be released in theaters May 1, 2020 and take place after Infinity War and Avengers 4. While there might be a possible Mark Hamill cameo, Gunn has confirmed the third movie of his Guardians trilogy sets the stage for "the next 10 to 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe, we’re going to be setting up new characters, it will be the last movie of this version of the Guardians of the Galaxy.”

***SPOILER WARNING: The following contains key plot details about Avengers: Infinity War.***

As for the cast, both Dave Bautista (Drax) and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord) both confirmed their return to the MCU, despite the fact that they both dissapeared at the end of Avengers 3 after Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet. Pratt's confirmation comes from an interview he did with MTV while promoting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, where he also let slip that Vol. 3 begins filming next January.