guardians of the galaxy cut joke

Disney has a reputation for being strict with its family-friendly image, but the company has given more free rein to the studios under its banner than you might assume. While Marvel Studios films often have to abide by a certain formula (and unfortunately, a certain aesthetic), a few filmmakers have been allowed relative creative freedom. One of those directors is James Gunn, whose Guardian of the Galaxy films all bear his distinct directorial signature. But even Gunn has to abide by Disney standards, with the company asking him to cut one comedic moment from the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The Suicide Squad Cast

The Suicide Squad title was initially brought up as a joke title for the new movie, but it eventually became real. James Gunn‘s next film isn’t exactly a direct sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 movie Suicide Squad, so a simple title like “Suicide Squad 2” wouldn’t really be appropriate. But when it came time to select a title for the new movie, Gunn jokingly brought up The Suicide Squad as an option – only for the powers that be to actually like it so much that they decided to use it for real.
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The Suicide Squad composer

Update: A report has been making the rounds claiming that Tyler Bates, writer/director James Gunn‘s longtime composer, would be reuniting with Gunn to compose the score for the upcoming Warner Bros. and DC superhero sequel The Suicide Squad. While that report came from a normally-reliable source, people close to the production have informed us that it was incorrect. We’ve learned that John Murphy (Kick-Ass, Sunshine) will actually be providing the new score. Read more about The Suicide Squad composer and listen to a few of his songs below. Read More »

Back to the Future Problem

The original Back to the Future is largely considered to be a perfect movie. It’s a tight, clever, and fun screenplay that pays off everything it sets up in a very satisfying way, and Robert Zemeckis directed and co-wrote the hell out of it with Bob Gale. However, there’s one long-standing question that fans have pondered over the years, and after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn called attention to it recently, Bob Gale himself explained the “problem” away. Read More »

Unused Guardians of the Galaxy Songs

The soundtracks of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise are among the best in recent memory. Director James Gunn collected an outstanding mix of both familiar and more obscure tunes from the 1960s and 1970s to put on mixtapes inspired by the musical tastes of Star-Lord’s mother, Meredith Quill. However, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies can only hold so many songs, and some of the tracks used changed throughout development and production, and there are plenty more we haven’t heard. Thankfully, James Gunn has created a playlist of songs that were once going to be used in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but ended up getting cut for one reason or another. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold

James Gunn recently confirmed that both The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 were still on track to meet their intended release dates. Of course, there’s always the chance that might change since there’s a lot of time between now and when those movies will get released. Thankfully, The Suicide Squad is being worked on remotely in post-production, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t slated to start shooting for a long time. Even so, Gunn took the time to tease both movies by responding to some fan questions about the sequels over the weekend. Read More »

James Gunn quarantine action movies

Around the time when the United States began realizing just how serious the coronavirus pandemic was, writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) took to Twitter to share helpful recommendations about what people should watch while cooped up in their homes during the pandemic. Now he’s at it again, and this time he’s narrowed it down to (mostly) one genre: action. The filmmaker blasted out a series of action-heavy recommendations to improve your quarantine viewing, and we’ve done the legwork of figuring out where they’re available to stream or rent online.
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James Gunn directed Stan Lee cameos

Countless movies and television shows were forced to shut down indefinitely last month as the coronavirus pandemic started to become a larger concern across the globe. That means movies that were in production and had previously set release dates towards the end of the year and even through 2021 may not meet their expected deadlines. But when it comes to two forthcoming comic book blockbusters, their timeline might not be impacted at all.

While stuck at home in quarantine, director James Gunn has been occasionally answering what questions he can about his forthcoming DC Comics movie The Suicide Squad and the anticipated Marvel Studios sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 3. And that recently included his confirmation that both movies are currently on track to be released on schedule, regardless of the delays happening with the rest of the motion picture world right now. Read More »

rocket raccoon past

When James Gunn introduced his lovable band of misfits to the world in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, each character proved rich and interesting enough to warrant a whole origin movie. But while the past two movies have mostly focused on Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 may finally give Bradley Cooper‘s scene-stealing Rocket Raccoon the spotlight.

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quarantine watch list

Have you created a quarantine watch list yet? Good thing there’s always room for more, right?

Last Friday, writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Super, Slither) shared a list of underseen movie recommendations to help keep film fans occupied while we all stay inside as much as possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Check out his list below, and learn about a new Google Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix remotely with a group of friends. Read More »