As The Suicide Squad pulls out a great response from the audience in terms of how it would impact the future of the DCEU. One must not forget how James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy impacted the MCU, and the effect it has had on the current DCEU. One can clearly say Gunn has become an essential figure when it comes to comic book movies. The impression his movies have left amongst the fans is something very special.
Guardians of the Galaxy Impacted the MCU & the DCEU Big Time!
There was a time when Marvel decided to pick up lesser-known characters and establish connected storylines amongst them. It started with Iron Man and ever since then, the idea gained success with each of its picks. Then came 2014 with Guardians of Galaxy with a group of characters that are hardly known. In many ways, it was the biggest gamble Marvel had taken. And yet today, almost everyone is aware of the talking raccoon who goes by the name of Rocket and a tree named Groot with a vocabulary of just 3-4 words.
How Gunn benefited from this was by the blend of humor and family-oriented drama along with a brilliant visual interpretation. The way that he interpreted all the different shades of the group of characters into the screen was absolutely brilliant. It became easier for the fans to get attached to all the individual characters. The most remarkable part about it is that the characters have a lot of potentials that keep the fans hyped up.
The Success of Guardians of the Galaxy
The underlying principle for the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 seems a bit similar to Suicide Squad. In fact, Warner Bros. used the same formula when working on the David Ayer-directed film and the results were very clear. While Warner Bros. jumped in on the David Ayer production chopping and cutting it as per their requirement. Making it more alike to the Marvel contemporaries particularly Deadpool which had just been released and worked on the principle of having a comedic take on the story. Ayer commented that his original idea was reduced to a joke that is dragged throughout the movie.
Warner Bros. didn’t achieve what they had initially planned and Ayer was not allowed to helm the sequel. Meanwhile, Gunn released the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. The characters became an essential part of the MCU. They were used extensively in the epics Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame where a certain arc was used as pivotal points in driving the story. It is safe to say that Infinity War and Endgame wouldn’t have been possible without James Gunn laying the groundwork with his Guardians franchise. Back in 2014, no one would have thought that a gang of misfits and their universe building would become so crucial for the MCU.
But then, Gunn was fired by Disney for some tweets that resurfaced in 2018. Warner Bros. grabbed the opportunity and brought him in with his vision for the Suicide Squad and gave him full freedom to helm it however he wanted. They offered him a Superman project as well, but he opted for The Suicide Squad. This totally worked in WB’s favor because they wanted the first Suicide Squad to look and feel like Gunn’s Guardians films. Now, they got the director who directed the Guardians to do exactly they wanted. Ultimately, it resulted in one of the best-reviewed DCEU movies of all time that will leave an everlasting mark on the DCEU world.
Now, Gunn will helm the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 with his unique vision once again. He has already claimed that it will be his last MCU movie. One never knows what the future holds. Fans would definitely love to see him keep making his gold in his style. Producers at DC are hinting at him making a few more DCEU movies in the near future. I’m expecting at least one Suicide Squad sequel from him, along with the second season of the Peacemaker series. But let’s see if that happens.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is playing in theaters near you and also streaming on HBO Max.
The other confirmed upcoming films from DC’s slate include The Batman, which arrives on March 4, 2022, Black Adam on July 29, 2022, The Flash on November 4, 2022, Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods will hit theatres on June 2, 2023. DC also has films like a Superman Reboot, Batgirl, Static Shock, Green Lantern Corps. and Blue Beetle under development. But those films are undated till now.