Guardians of the Galaxy director speaks out over superhero snobbery

James Gunn was defending the genre from criticisms by Jack Black and Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy

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Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn has spoken up in defence of superhero films after a series of slights at awards ceremonies appeared to criticise the genre.

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Writing on his Facebook page, Gunn said: “Popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians.”

“What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.”

Gunn was responding to criticisms from other industry professionals over the rise of the superhero movie genre which his film is a part of.

Musician and actor Jack Black sang in Sunday’s Oscars ceremony opening number: “Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Superman, Spider-man, Batman, Jediman, Sequelman, Prequelman — formulaic scripts!”

Gunn didn’t take Black’s comments too seriously, saying they were clearly “a joke,” but had stronger words for Nightcrawler writer/director Dan Gilroy, who spoke out against the superhero genre at the Independent Spirit awards earlier this week despite his wife Rene Russo’s recurring role in Marvel’s film universe.

The trailer for Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy

“As far as Dan Gilroy saying that attendees of the Independent Spirit Awards have survived against a ‘tsunami of superhero films’ – well it seems a bit weird coming from a guy whose wife has acted in two Thor films,” Gunn said. “Really, that seems like you’ve drowned horribly in that tsunami.

“If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb,” Gunn added.

“But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a ‘serious’ filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or [Avengers director] Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released in UK cinemas from the 28th April 2017