This post is taken from a transcript of my Youtube video of the same name. The video can be seen at the bottom of the page.
Welcome to Multiverseatile. My name is Jake Long, and today is the Superman Anniversary. It’s an exciting day, and James Gunn has tweeted about it, and Superman Legacy which we will get to. In this video, I’m also talking about a few other things relating to James Gunn and his upcoming Superman Legacy movie.
In the last week or so, we have had a few updates or tidbits about James Gunn and his direction for the DCU, oh yeah and Peter Safran is also involved but James Gunn is the one answering questions on Twitter, and now it looks like Instagram as well. In one post, a fan commented that “the worst business that DC could do was to hire someone who advertises the competition.” It looks like another fan wrote, “Unbelievable, now can you imagine what their movies are going to be like??? I think it’s a disaster.”
And of course in classic James Gunn fashion, he had a great response for them. James responded, “The last thing DC would want is someone who would spend the last 12 years of his life creating a series of films, and then turn his back on his last movie. I wasn’t hired at DC without everyone on board being very clear and supportive up front and continuously throughout the process.” I don’t like all of James Gunn’s responses like when someone said they miss Henry Cavill, and James Gunn said that he was still alive. It’s kind of funny, but a little cheap. This one, however, is a great response, and honestly it should be a no brainer. Of course, he’s going to promote his movie, the movie that he directed. It doesn’t make sense for him not to promote it. It looks like these people are mostly just looking to create a negative connotation for James Gunn and his plans for the DCU. It’s just ridiculous. It’s hard to believe that they can’t comprehend his obligation towards promoting Guardians 3. And, yes, there is a bit of competition between the DCU and the MCU, but honestly, it seems that when one superhero movie does well, it is good for the superhero movie franchise as a whole.
Speaking of competition between DCU and the MCU, another thing that James Gunn said recently was that there have been talks about an MCU and DCU crossover movie. Of course, nothing is planned and that would be a long way out if ever, but it is kind of fun to think about. And if James Gunn is thinking about that then he realizes that superhero movies whether they are from the DCU or the MCU can boost each other up. I mean, it’s not like these movies are coming out on the same weekends. Maybe I’m wrong, but theoretically, these studios could end up making the same amount of money, and their movies could be considered essentially equal. We’ll have to see what the future holds though. Right now, Marvel has been on a decline, and DC hasn’t been able to pull itself back up from it’s slump. However, I think that 2025 will be a good year for both studios with Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Superman: Legacy. That is if Kang Dynasty still happens in 2025. And Marvel potentially has a few other projects that year as well. Anyway, though, I feel confident that James Gunn knows that both studios need to get to a much stronger place before a crossover film could be considered.
Now let’s move onto another thing that James Gunn has said recently about Superman Legacy, and that is that it is not going to be like Guardians of the Galaxy. Many people have expressed concern that James Gunn will take his let’s say plucky style that he has with the Guardians, and the Suicide Squad, and apply it to Superman Legacy. While I’m sure there will be elements in the movie that we recognize as the James Gunn influence, I never thought that he would go into this thinking he was making another Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I still think he’ll be able to incorporate some of his humor in there as well as stay true to the essence of a Superman movie.
Speaking of the essence of a Superman movie, James Gunn did also say that this movie is not going to be like other Superman movies. He doesn’t want to just repeat the same thing that has happened before. Now I’m surprised there haven’t been a lot of people freaking out about this comment. I think most of us understand this to mean that he wants to keep the essence of Superman, but make a few changes here and there. It sounds like Superman himself will be portrayed in a classic way. It gave me confidence to hear Peter Safran speak about Superman and say that, “he is kindness in a world that isn’t kind.” I’m glad to hear that they’re not trying to recreate the Christopher Reeves movies. I enjoyed Superman Returns, but I like the idea of moving forward.
Now onto the main topic. Today, on Superman’s Anniversary, James Gunn posted on Twitter a picture of the Superman: Legacy script. He also said that pre-production is on it’s way, so I’m assuming the script is complete which is awesome. He also mentions that costume design is underway which is also awesome and exciting. However, I may be in the minority here by saying that I don’t want him to wear the red trunks. I’m not going to boycott the movie if it happens, but I just think there is enough creativity among costume designers that Superman can have a costume that has that classic feel but with a modern twist. I personally don’t have a design for them, but I really liked the Henry Cavill Superman suits so I don’t think they need to look much further than those for inspiration. And I’m surprised I got this far without mentioning Henry Cavill. I’m still going to miss him as Superman, but I’m excited to give the new actor and story a chance. Hopefully people on the internet don’t go too hard on him. Anyway, that’s all for me today. Let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks for watching, and take care.