James Gunn is now most famous for his Guardians of the Galaxy movies, which he directed as part of the Marvel Universe before being fired after alt-right Twitter trolls resurfaced offensive tweets from Gunn’s past. The firing is now thought by many to be a misstep on the part of Disney, since the tweets were already known to the company and Gunn had apologized for them before signing on to the first Guardians movie (the tweets were intended as satire). It seems Gunn will have the last laugh, however, as his first movie since leaving the MCU seems to be throwing more than a little bit of shade back at the world of superheroes he’s left behind.
The fact that James Gunn is behind a movie with such a big twist on the superhero genre sounds like a big "Fuck You!" to Marvel/Disney for firing him. #Brightburn
— Young O.G P.👑 ⭐⭐ (@MystahPerry) December 8, 2018
Before superhero movies, Gunn was known for his horror films, and his new flick Brightburn seems to be a return to form, even featuring Slither star Elizabeth Banks. The movie follows an all-too-familiar setup: a farmtown couple, desperately wanting a baby, find one in a crashed spaceship from the heavens. The child has amazing powers—faster than a speeding bullet, it can leap tall buildings in a single bound!
But then things take a turn for the worse.
Fans were uber pumped for Gunn’s return to horror!
I see #BrightBurn ending 1 of 2 ways
1: The kid becomes good and becomes a Superman like figure.
2: He fucking murders everyone and goes full supervillain.
Knowing Gunn this film will probably take neither of these routes and completely surprise me.
— Tired fedora person (@Eofthewest) December 8, 2018
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) December 8, 2018
— Clarke Wolfe (@clarkewolfe) December 8, 2018
Many couldn’t help but point out the trailer’s similarities to the DC Universe’s Man of Steel.
#Brightburn: May I copy your homework?
Man of steel: Sure but change it a little so it’s not obvious pic.twitter.com/TQVtKlWjzT
— ♕ (@axrudh) December 9, 2018
Another power move from James Gunn. Hot on the heels of the Avengers 4 trailer, the Gunn-produced #BrightBurn trailer just hit, and it's basically "Evil Superman."
Suck it, Marvel. You lost one of your best minds. https://t.co/kCUqzUh5RY
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) December 8, 2018
People felt a LOT of shade being thrown in the trailer.
"From producer JAMES GUNN, visionary director of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" pic.twitter.com/EHlYbVNvXg
— Keigan of #BrightBurn ⭐ (@Keigan_ofSweden) December 8, 2018
— Sarah Timmins (@setimmins) December 8, 2018
Imagine an evil Superman…
Oh wow this is insane what if Clark Kent ended up like this! It’s what could of been 😱😱😱
— DC WORLD (@_DCWorld) December 8, 2018
It seems Batman was right about some things after all!
Sweet pumpkin biscuits if that doesn't give you goose bumps then we can't be friends.
— Christopher Hansen (@hansensintl) December 8, 2018
Fans could hardly contain their excitement.
Oh man! Can't wait!
— Tess Bajramovic (@Runs_in_heels_1) December 10, 2018
— JP (@JP28753830) December 10, 2018
One thing everyone agreed on: it will be nice to see another James Gunn film.
It'll be good to see @JamesGunn back in action in the director/writer's chair.
— BAD Santa Knows Whether You're Naughty or Nice! 🎅 (@BoydADavis1) December 10, 2018