Rian Johnson is excited to see what James Gunn is doing with DC Studios

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Director Rian Johnson revealed that while he has a lot of respect for creatives who can work in large-scale production, jobs like James Gunn’s new role at DC aren’t for him.


Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson shared his thoughts on Gunn’s new job as DC Studios’ creative head, saying that “being a suit” didn’t appeal to him. “No. Not at all,” said the director. Johnson also shared that the people who can do jobs like this impressed him, but he definitely wasn’t one of them.

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“God bless him,” he said. “I respect people who do that — Pete Docter, moving up the ranks at Pixar, or what JJ Abrams is doing with producing. There are people who can engage creatively at this level and find it rewarding. I didn’t.” Johnson added that he’s excited to see what Gunn will do with the position, saying, “But it’s cool to see and it’s exciting for me to have a filmmaker like James Gunn in this one position is.”

Johnson is far from the first to express his enthusiasm for the new era. Gunn and Peter Safran will lead the way as the new Co-Chairs and Co-Heads of DC Studios. Alongside actors like Todd Stashwick and Johnathon Schaech, who publicly suggested roles to Gunn for himself, Aquaman Star Jason Momoa recently shared how excited he is about what Gunn will be doing with the studio. “There’s a lot of cool things coming up and one of my dreams will come true under your watch, so stay tuned,” Momoa said.

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Fans are also turning to Gunn as a potential savior for both a beloved canceled series and the critically panned director’s never-before-seen version suicide squad (2016). After announcing his new position, the hashtags #SaveLegendsofTomorrow and #ReleaseTheAyerCut started trending on Twitter and caught Gunn’s attention. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was canceled after seven seasons on The CW, despite ending on a cliffhanger. It’s one of several Arrowverse shows to be canceled in 2022, including batwoman, and star girl. The campaign for David Ayers Director’s Cut of suicide squad had gained support since the release of Zach Snyder’s Justice League.


Gunn and Safran’s plans for the DC Universe

Gunn and Safran were announced in October 2022 as the new Co-Chairs and Co-CEOs of DC Studios, replacing DC Films. Through their new roles, the two will develop long-term plans for a unified film and television series, shows and animation projects across the DC Universe. Safran will lead the commercial side of the studio while Gunn will have creative control.

Directed by Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will have a week-long limited theatrical run starting November 23, a month ahead of its December 23 arrival on Netflix.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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