You’ve just been appointed co-ceo of DC Studios, who do you call? Well, if you are James Gunn you call the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. On Twitter, James Gunn confirmed that this was indeed the first call he made. In a tweet, Gunn shared that “Not only do I love Kevin, he was the 1st person I told after I did the deal with DC (@JohnCena was the 2nd). Contrary to popular belief, a dollar less for Marvel is not a dollar more for DC. DC & Marvel have the common goal of keeping the theater-going experience vibrant & alive!” The tweet comes after the news that James Gunn and Peter Safran are taking top jobs at DC.
The tweet comes after Kevin Feige also proclaimed his love for James Gunn earlier this week at the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever world premiere. “I speak to James almost every day. We have a wonderful thing called the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special coming out. We have a wonderful thing called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 coming out in May,” Feige said to the Hollywood Reporter. He continued saying, “How he’ll have any time to work on DC until May I don’t know, but once he does have the time I’ll be very excited. I’ll be first in line.”
Gunn initially became widely recognized and applauded for directing 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy under Feige’s leadership at Marvel. Before that, Gunn was an indie director. His career at Disney-owned Marvel came to a halt in 2018 when old tweets surfaced the company dismissed him. However, this dismissal appears to have led to his current position as Gunn went on to direct The Suicide Squad for DC. He did end up coming back to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and also The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for Marvel. Both of these projects are what Feige eluded to in the statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
James Gunn and Peter Safran will be co-chairmen and chief executive officers of DC Studios starting on November 1, 2022. Together they will control the creative direction of DC properties on film, TV, streaming, animation, and beyond. Their contracts are set for four years.