PEACEMAKER Director James Gunn Explains Approach To Telling Stories In The Marvel And DC Universes (Exclusive)

peacemaker Director James Gunn is one of the few filmmakers to have been a part of the MCU and DCEU, and he explains how his approach to telling these stories differs…or more specifically, how it doesn’t!

After turning the superhero genre upside down with SuperJames Gunn later joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe to deliver one of Marvel Studios’ finest films Guardians of the Galaxy. three years after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out and was similarly awesome, but the filmmaker would then take a break from the MCU to give Task Force X a new twist The Suicide Squad.

After I wrote and directed the first season of peacemakerGunn is currently working flat out on it Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. However, he had plans to return to the DC Extended Universe for the second season of this series (and beyond), so Gunn is well-versed in both of those comic book worlds.

Talked about promoting the UK debut of over the past weekend peacemaker On Sky Max / NOW, the director spoke to us about his creative approach to telling stories for the two companies. In the clip below, you can hear him explain that the reality of these characters isn’t as important as knowing the audience he’s trying to appeal to by comparison peacemaker to certain creator-oriented comic runs.

It’s always fascinating to hear from Gunn, especially when it’s obvious he only gets these comic book heroes and villains. You can listen to the rest of our interview with the director exactly here.

Peacemaker is available March 22nd on Sky Max and the streaming service NOW with an Entertainment membership.

They jumped from Marvel to DC and now back to Marvel again Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3but what would you say is the biggest difference between telling the stories of these cartoon characters in these worlds that are similar in some ways but obviously very different in others?

To me, The Guardians is primarily a James Gunn film and The Suicide Squad is primarily a James Gunn film. The comics that I really enjoyed were the comics that were very author and artist focused. I just think I’m in the same tradition. I don’t look at Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (which celebrates its 36th anniversary today) or Alan Moore’s Swamp-Thing and think they’re DC properties. I don’t think Daredevil was from Marvel’s Frank Miller.

It’s really these guys first and foremost, and one of the great things about these gigantic worlds is really getting the individual author’s perspective on things. I was pretty lucky that my stories weren’t overly connected to anything. The first thing that really happened was of course Avengers: Endgame, which affected Guardians 3 to a degree that I knew was coming, but for the most part there’s not much of a difference to me.

The bigger difference is that I did an R-Rated fare for DC and a PG-13 fare for Marvel. I don’t think that’s that much a feature of Marvel or DC, it’s just who I’m talking to. When I create Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad, I think I’m talking to teenagers and older people. When I do Guardians, I know I’m speaking to children as well as families and the elderly. It’s just who I’m talking to, that’s the main difference, and it has nothing to do with the comic book companies that I find almost no difference in how they handle the stuff.


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