James Gunn Doesn’t Care About The Marvel Versus DC Debate

Marvel versus DC

If you were hoping to get into a rage-induced Marvel versus DC debate about whether the Captain America trilogy is superior to the Dark Knight trilogy and vice versa, prepare to be disappointed when you try to bait James Gunn.

While promoting his newest film, The Belko Experiment with Variety, James voiced his indifference to the whole Marvel versus DC debate when the topic of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came up.

“I just don’t find any room in my headspace for thinking my movies are superior or inferior to someone else’s. I really just think about how can I make, for instance right now, how can I make ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ the greatest spectacle film of all time? That’s all I care about so that’s what I concentrate on. I don’t really think about Marvel versus DC. And also any time a Marvel movie comes out that isn’t as good as I wished it was or anytime a DC movie comes out that isn’t as I wished it was, I’m disappointed because I love these characters. I grew up reading Marvel and DC comics. I want them all to be good.”

While there is the common belief that one brand must be better than the other, it’s important to remember that both Marvel and DC films have a symbiotic relationship. Well-made comic book movies leave audiences with a positive experience. In turn, it generates an interest in seeing more of these types of films, no matter the brand. And as long as that continues to happen, fans on both sides of the isle will be able to continue the endless debate of Marvel versus DC because we’ll have the films to do so.

Source: Variety

Robert Coleman

Robert Coleman

Writer at Heroic Hollywood and complete geek when it comes to all things superheroes in movies and TV.

  • Luisbats

    well said, why can’t we all get along

    • Darthmanwe

      Same reason why ‘democracy’ trapped america to a binary choice in ruling party system. Same reason why you get samsung vs. iphone debate. SAme reason why religious people like to act that there are only good religious people and bad atheists in the world.

      BEcause duality is easy. Duality is simple. Give humans duality, and you give them sides. Give them more than two sides, and they start to question. They are forced to think.

      But limit them to two sides….

      And humans are gleeful in their rage of tearing into each other, metaphorically and/or literally.

      Deep down, we are as much animals as any other primate, even more so in fact, that other primates do not kill the members of their own race.

    • SAMURAI36

      Who says we’re not getting along? Have you seen any physical altercations take place between Marvel and DC fans?

  • Rob

    I have always said the Marvel vs. DC thing is stupid because the best thing for both franchises is for the other to succeed. It isn’t like either side is hurting the other’s box office.

    The biggest fear is that if one or the other delivers an endless stream of bad movies, it could turn audiences off to superhero movies all together. Both WB and Marvel are going to keep on producing movies. So overstaturation could happen no matter how good the movies are, but it will happen faster if there are a lot of bad movies.

    • Chris W

      That. And the fact they are both allegories using fictional super powered characters. The line in the sand the fanboys draw completely baffles me. I can kind of understand Religious vs. Atheist, Omnivore vs. Vegan, etc. But even then it’s juvenile.

      • Rob

        I agree. I haven’t liked any of the movies in the DCCU thus far, but I desperately want to. I had such high hopes for Man of Steel and Suicide Squad going into the movies and was massively disappointed. Although I have little hope for Justice League, I really hope the solo films (Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman) will right the ship.

        I guess growing up I never looked at comics as Marvel or DC. I loved Batman and I loved X-Men. I read them both.

        • Chris W

          Ya I think it’ll be post Wonder Woman before we’ll see the real impact Geoff Johns has as DC’s chief creative officer. He officially took the position recently when Justice League and Wonder Woman were already heavy in pre production/principal photography.

          • SAMURAI36

            Unless you really don’t know what his role in this films actually is. Which most people don’t.

  • JEB

    Of course he doesn’t. The only ones that care are Marvel and DC fanboys or as I like to call them… douchebags.

  • Chris W

    Fanboy wars are for small minded people.

  • JNAZ

    He may want to direct a DC superhero movie in the future, smart of him not to get involved in that kind of stuff.

    • SAMURAI36

      This is the only reality at work here. He’s being diplomatic for a reason.


    LMAO, people act like having an opinion is some sort of crime these days. If Gunn (or anyone else) likes all Superhero movies, good for them. But there’s no law that says you HAVE to like everything. Or anything.
    And people act like the Marvel v DC debates are some kind of gang war or something. Last I checked, no Marvel fan has gotten beat up by a DC fan, or no DC fan got their house broken into by a Marvel fan.
    And that whole “all sides need to succeed” stuff is a buncha BS too. Marvel hasn’t been suffering , when DC was trying to create their own franchise. Likewise, DC wasn’t hurting, back when they were the only racket in town to make CBM’s.
    Bottom line, people need to formulate their own opinions about stuff. It’s perfectly okay to like one over the other. Or both. Or neither.

    • Chris W

      Having an opinion and being objective aren’t mutually exclusive. But I wouldn’t expect you to comprehend that.

      • SAMURAI36

        What on earth are you even talking about???? I didn’t mention “objectivity” a single time in my post. Nor would I. And that’s because this is a subjective matter, not an objective one. Which is what personal taste always is.

        For instance:

        Person #1: I like vanilla ice cream.

        Person #2: I hate vanilla. I only like chocolate ice cream.

        Person #1: Yeah, but chocolate has stuff in it that’s habit forming. I’m good on that.

        Person #3: I’m lactose intolerant, and ice cream is fattening, and not good for you anyway.

        Person #4 Man, I LOVE ice cream!! Chocolate, vanilla, rocky road, chunky monkey, I want it all!!

        Where’s the “objectivity” in that scenario? Here’s a hint: there is none. People can come up with substantial reasons for liking or not liking something, but it doesn’t change their personal taste, nor the taste of others.

        Try harder next time.