Director James Gunn has already had a lengthy career as a director and producer, but he has also become one of the most prominent names in Marvel.
Gunn’s work has been a mix between the horror and comedy genres and his big hit came in 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy, putting him in the ranks of a superstar director almost instantaneously. This was in spite of the fact that the Guardians weren’t as well known in the Marvel universe as other characters, but by the end of it all he had fun directing it and fans had equally as much fun watching it, proving that Marvel can do anything.
Naturally, because of Guardians’ success a sequel was greenlit and now Gunn is working on directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and is in prime position to make another massive hit once the movie hits theaters in a year. But while Gunn is a huge name as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes, Marvel was not the only brand trying to attach him to their work. As it turns out, Gunn could’ve also done some movies for the DC Extended Universe.
According to Gunn’s Facebook page he revealed that he had been offered several jobs by DC, all of which he declined in the past. He didn’t give a reason as to why he turned their offers down but he said that the characters of Shazam, Metal Men, Swamp Thing and Jonah Hex were among some of the DC properties that he would’ve enjoyed making a movie about.
Gunn never mentioned exactly when DC contacted him or what properties they would’ve let him take up. A film about the aforementioned Shazam! is already in the works right now, with Dwayne Johnson set to co-star in the film but there’s no word on what director will be producing the film. One important thing to consider is that Gunn’s duties after this next Guardians movie isn’t set in stone so it’s not a reach to say he may join up with DC after all. It’s not a sure thing, though, since Gunn wants to be involved in all aspects of film production so signing is unlikely.