James Gunn says he likes to mix genres: “Why can’t a movie embrace different feelings?”


As a fan of 90s Hong Kong films, director James Gunn says he loves to mix different genres in his films, whether it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise or the upcoming one. The suicide squad.

The director said that he is not someone who likes to change tones for fun and also for art.

“Well, I’m a huge fan of the 90s Hong Kong movies, a lot of what I do is really based on trying to interpret these movies for a Western audience today, even if it is no longer truly Western. People watch these movies all over the world and I have a lot of big fans in Asia. These Hong Kong films managed to balance different tones in an entertaining way, ”Gunn said in a transcript provided by Warner Bros.


Giving the example of his film Super, the director said that it is almost uncomfortable for people to watch it because the tone is so out of sync, but what he did in Guardians and The suicide squad are more of a merger.

guardians of the galaxy james gunn James Gunn with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. (Photo: James Gunn / Twitter)

“We’ll use all the tools in the drawer to do what we can, there’s nothing we won’t use. We can use humor, we can use action, we can use emotion, we can use anything. Why hold back? Life is a mixture of genres, right? Life is everything. Why can’t a movie embrace the different types of feelings we have? ‘ he wondered.

The DC movie, marked as a relaunch, is the sequel to the 2016 film directed by David Ayer. Gunn wrote the screenplay based on the John Ostrander comic. The film is set to be released in select theaters in India on Thursday.

The film will see Margot Robbie return as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Squad Brain Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, also marks the writer’s reunion- director with his Guardian of the Galaxy stars Michael Rooker and his brother Sean Gunn.


They will be joined by newcomers Idris Elba, John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Taika Waititi and Pete Davidson.

In his movie, Gunn said he picked up a lot of super villains who got overlooked because he felt sorry for them on some level.

‘Some of these people I pick are losers… So I picked losers from the DC Super-Villains team. I mean, Polka-Dot Man isn’t anyone’s idea of ​​an A-List super-villain, until after The Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad The Suicide Squad will be released on August 5. (Photo: Warner Bros)

“But, it was also the humanization of these characters. It’s about being able to take these things that are disposable, stupid characters from our youth and read comics, and say, “Let’s humanize Polka-Dot Man as much as possible,” you know? “… I think that’s what draws me to the Super-Villains who have been forgotten. I feel sorry for them on some level. I feel sorry for Javelin and Polka-Dot Man and Weasel. ‘ The director said during his first chat with people in DC that he asked them who he could keep from the other movie and they told him to do whatever he wanted.

“I knew back then that I really wanted to use Harley, he’s one of my favorite characters in the comics and I just thought I could do her voice justice and really give her what she deserves. as a character, ”he said.

“Harley is a maniac, so she’s throwing this story in different directions than she would have been without her. She changes it. Ratcatcher 2, she’s a character who’s probably one of the few truly caring characters in the movie, and she changes things a lot because of who she is. And then Bloodsport changes things because of his relationship with her. So I find it’s a back and forth, it’s the story and it’s the characters and they affect each other. It’s a balance. Gunn said that Ostrander’s books were similar to the movies he grew up watching as a child, whether it was “The Dirty Dozen” which inspired The suicide squad or Where Eagles Dare and Kelly’s Heroes.

James gunn the suicide squad James Gunn with the cast of The Suicide Squad. (Photo: James Gunn / Twitter)

“They (the books) were all about these throwaway superheroes. No one will choose Harley Quinn because they think she is the most dangerous person in the world. It is not. They choose it because it is disposable for them.

“And so they send these characters on this mission where they can get killed.” The stakes of that were something that really appealed to me. So I think it was really about making this story with these sad soldiers. It attracted me from the start. The decision to choose his brother Sean as Weasel comes from their love for “Bloom Country” comic book character Bill the Cat.

“We’ve always loved Bill the Cat, and so I wanted to make a superhero that looks a lot like Bill the Cat, and there’s no one that can do Bill the Cat but Sean. Like, there was a Bill the Cat movie, Sean would be the motion capture actor for Bill the Cat so I knew he could do it better than anyone. ‘The Suicide Squad’ comes out at a time when the world is in the middle pandemic and although theaters have opened cautiously in different locations, there is still time for normalcy to return.

Gunn said his wish for the audience was simple: that they have a lot of fun for 2 hours and 12 minutes.

“All I want is people to have the best time of their lives. If I can do it for everyone, the 7 billion people in the world, then we will have reached our goal. And I think we’ll get there.


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