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Quote1 Storytelling is always king, that's all that matters to us. And I wanna be true to those stories, I wanna be true to you guys, and give you something different than you've ever seen before. Quote2
James Gunnsrc

James Gunn (b. August 5, 1966) is the creative head of DC Studios, the creator of the new DC Universe, and the writer and director of several superhero films and TV series with a comedic edge, most notably the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and Peacemaker.

Professional History

Starting as a screenwriter primarily working for Troma Entertainment in the 1990s, James Gunn gained some recognition for writing Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for Warner Bros. However, his big break came when he wrote and directed Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for Marvel Studios, both of which were critical and commercial successes, and launched Gunn into the public eye.

After he was briefly fired by Marvel in 2018 when controversial tweets he made years ago resurfaced on the internet, he came to work for DC Studios, where he wrote, directed, and produced the DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad, mainly taking influence from John Ostrander's original Suicide Squad comics. He also created the spin-off Max series Peacemaker, and after his apology for the tweets and several of his friends in the industry vouching for him, Gunn came back to Marvel and was reinstated as writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He also wrote and directed the additional Disney+ special The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which he completed and released in 2022.

In late 2022, while still working on his Guardians projects, Gunn took the role of co-chairman of DC Studios, managing the general creative direction for the DC brand in film, television and gaming, with Peter Safran managing the business side of the company. He set the DC Extended Universe to be reset into the DC Universe, a new world with some DCEU projects implemented into its timeline, including The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker.

The first wave of projects in the new DCU, called "Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters", was teased in January 2023 and announced a plethora of upcoming DC films and series, some written and directed by Gunn himself, namely the animated series Creature Commandos, the second season of Peacemaker, and the movie Superman. After releasing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in May 2023 to much critical and audience praise, Gunn set his full attention on DC Studios, and is currently filming both Superman and the second season of Peacemaker simultaneously.

Personal History

James Gunn was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as one of six children in an Irish Catholic family. He spent much of his early life reading comic books and making zombie movies with his brothers, one of whom is actor Sean Gunn, who Gunn would later go on to work with in all of his films. He has admitted to having endured much abuse when he was young, which is likely what resulted in him writing several horrible parents as antagonists in his work as an adult. Gunn attended multiple schools before earning his Master's degree in Fine Arts from Columbia University.

Gunn has an immense love for animals, often including animal characters in his projects, and his style is most well-recognized for his tongue-in-cheek, uniquely twisted, and absurd sense of humor, combining it with thematically placed licensed music, and strong emotional themes of family and redemption. He is married to Jennifer Holland, who portrays Emilia Harcourt on Peacemaker and Administrator Kwoll in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Work History

Acting Credits

Harley Quinn 2019- Himself
     "Harlivy" July 28, 2022 Himself
     "The 83rd Annual Villy Awards" July 28, 2022 Himself


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