Guardians director James Gunn: Disney 'had right' to fire me

Esequiel Farfan
May 16, 2019

He was let go by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And, of course, Dave Bautista, who came out so strong. "And then I had to go tell Kevin Feige I had just chose to do Suicide Squad, so that made me very nervous". "In order for me to have fully felt that love for the first time, the thing that needed to happen was the apparatus by which I was feeling falsely loved had to be completely taken away".

Studios and DC Comics to helm the second Suicide Squad movie-which is apparently a total reboot, rather than a straight sequel-soon after his relationship with Disney fell through.

In the time between getting fired and rehired for Guardians Vol. 3, Gunn had also been hired to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Marvel's rival DC and Warner Bros. "I was touched by his compassion", Gunn said.

Gunn says not being able to complete the story of Rocket, played by Bradley Cooper, was one of the things he felt saddest about when he thought he wouldn't get to direct the third Guardians.

I don't anymore. I don't blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. "Rocket is me, he really is, even if that sounds narcissistic", James Gunn filled in Deadline.

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"That first day, I'm going to say it was the most intense of my entire life". But I just wanted to be comfortable saying goodbye and splitting up, and that's where my head was at, even in the very early meeting we had, a week or two weeks after it all happened.

Of the moment he'd found out he'd been fired, Gunn said, "It felt as if my career was over".

"When what was saddest for me when I thought it was gone-and anybody at Marvel can tell you-it's this very odd and attached relationship to Rocket".

While Groot, the fan-favorite of the franchise, is more "like my dog", Gunn says, Rocket is Gunn's surrogate in the series, and he would have liked to see through his entire character arc in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. "That amount of love that I felt from my friends, my family, and the people in the community was absolutely overwhelming", he explained. That was a big loss to me-not being able to finish that story-though I was comforted by the fact that they were still planning to use my script. It's now unclear when The Suicide Squad (also set to be written and helmed by Gunn) will start rolling. For now, everything is looking good and Gunn is happy with the way everything went down.

Speaking with Deadline in his first interview since his rehiring, Gunn initially compared the crumbling relationship with Disney to a failed marriage - something to learn and grow from.

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