From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to ‘The Suicide Squad’, Every Movie Ranked by New DC Boss James Gunn

James Gunn He quickly became one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. Gunn wears multiple hats as a director, writer, and producer, and has helped hugely in shaping the cinematic businesses of powerful Marvel and DC companies. With the recent news that Gunn has been named Co-CEO of Inc DCUwill be a major driving force behind the formation of the on-screen brand identity.


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Jenn cut his teeth by working as a writer for Troma Entertainment, an independent film company known for its low-budget horror-comedy films. He continued as a writer from there, making like beats Scooby Dooand the The dawn of the dead remake. He made his directorial debut in 2006 with slidGunn hasn’t slowed down as he continues to direct major Hollywood releases while still working as a writer for other projects.

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11/11 “The Specials” (2000)

Two wannabe superheroes

Ironically, Gunn worked on this superhero parody long before he came along to direct the very films he parodied. Specials It follows a team of superheroes described as the seventh best in the world. Abandoning action to follow the heroes’ boring everyday lives instead, the movie is a comedy rather than an action movie.

As Gunn’s second writing credit, his penchant for quirky humor is notable from this early entry in his filmography. While Specials Never breaking into the mainstream market, it’s mostly an entertaining takedown of superheroes starring familiar faces like Thomas Haden ChurchAnd the Rob LoweAnd the Judy Greer.

10/11 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

Scooby gang
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While it wasn’t as well-liked as the first movie, Scooby-Doo 2: monsters unleashed It remains a worthy follow-up to the Mystery Machine crew’s first live-action adventure. Invited to the opening of a museum showcasing their past cases, the Scooby gang are back in business when a masked figure steals the exhibits.

All of the cast from the original movie return to reprise their roles, and they’re each perfectly cast as they bring the iconic characters to life. A third film, with Gunn set to make his directorial debut after writing the screenplays for the first two films, was planned, but was canceled following the financial disappointment of the sequel.

Scooby-Doo 2: monsters unleashed Available to stream on Netflix and HBO Max.

9/11 “Trumeo and Juliet” (1997)

Two lovers embrace

Gunn’s first feature film is a black comedy Romeo and Juliet. Tromeo and Juliet Loosely telling the story of classic Shakespearean characters with the addition of a lot of Troma Entertainment’s sex and violence. Juliet even transforms into a cow monster at one point.

While Gunn is now away working on Troma’s deliciously sleazy production, his satirical blood still runs through his veins as all of his works feature the same dark humor and excessive violence.

Tromeo and Juliet Available to stream on Peacock and Tubi.

8/11 Scooby-Doo (2002)

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo
Image via Warner Bros.

Many see it as the definitive adaptation of the legendary cartoon, Scooby Doo He sees the gang reuniting for the first time in two years after a bad break-up. Invited to Spooky Island, the young detectives soon discover that something is not right at the resort as guests begin to exhibit strange behavior.

Scooby Doo It was Gunn’s first major project, and he originally envisioned a darker take on the characters with his screenplay. Many of his adult jokes were removed once filming began, and plot lines that commented on Velma and Fred’s sexuality were dropped in favor of what was considered a more “family-friendly” tone.

Scooby Doo Available to stream on Netflix and HBO Max.

7/11 The Bilko Experiment (2016)

A couple avoiding a fire
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What’s worse than a long day at the office? Long day at the office where everyone is trying to kill you. This is the scenario Bilko Experience Playgrounds, where 80 employees of a large office building are forced to fight to the death until one of them survives.

Jen collaborated with wolf creek boss Greg McClain For this battle royale– Game of death inspired. While he’s not as inclined to set up the office as he could be (death by stapler, anyone), Bilko Experience It’s still an entertaining watch that’s sure to satisfy anyone looking for a tight action thriller.

Bilko Experience Available to stream on Tubi.

6/11 “Slither” (2006)

A teenager surrounded by slugs climbs the walls of her room in Slyther

For his directorial debut, Gunn decided to tackle parasitic intergalactic slugs, and the result was one of the best horror-comedies of the 2000s. When one of these invading aliens crashes into the woods of an American town, local man Grant (Michael Rooker) gets infected and begins spreading the worms to the rest of the townspeople.

Nathan Fillion And the Elizabeth Banks star as the heroes, and their chemistry and willingness to buy into Gunn’s script helps elevate the movie. slid It failed at the box office, but remains a part of Gunn’s filmography and an undeniable cult classic.

5/11 “Super” (2010)

Super's' Rainn Wilson and Elliot Page sit next to a dumpster on an empty suburban street

Gunn’s second stab at the superhero genre before he joined the MCUAnd the excellent stars Ryan Wilson as Frank, a meek cook who decides to become a superhero after his wife, Sarah (Liv TylerHe leaves him for a local drug dealer, Jack.Kevin Bacon).

Adopting the moniker Crimson Bolt, Frank fights crime alongside his overzealous sidekick, Libby (Elliott Page). realistic look into vigilance, excellent Not shy about showing the dangerous nature of taking the law into one’s own hands while proudly displaying Gunn’s knack for R-rated violence.

4/11 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ (2017)

Ego show his home guardians
Image via Marvel

If the first movie was an introduction to comic book characters unknown to moviegoers, then… Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 It is an examination of the family dynamic shared among the Milanese crew. peter quill (Chris Pratt(primary focus when he meets Ego)Kurt Russell), who claims to be his father.

Volume 2 Not as strong as its predecessor, but still a stellar entry in Marvel’s Phase 3. Gunn delivers some genuinely emotional moments between characters, and the stellar actress is up to the task. Vol. 3 next year, and fans have been clamoring to see how Gunn wraps up the saga of Marvel’s favorite space team.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Available to stream on Disney+.

3/11 Suicide Squad (2021)

The Suicide Squad
Image via Warner Bros

After Gunn was fired by Marvel, DC quickly swooped in and signed him on. Given his choice of properties to adapt to, Gunn chose Suicide Squad, and his handling of the bad guys has resulted in one of the best films in the DCU.

Suicide Squad Highlights a bunch of under-appreciated DC characters with allow Margot Robbie Another swing at Harley Quinn. The property was the perfect choice for Gunn, and without the constraints of the family-friendly Marvel mandate, he delivered a mighty superhero story filled with glorious violence and coarse language.

Suicide Squad Available to stream on HBO Max.

2/11 “Dawn of the Dead” (2004)

Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Ina Korobkina, and Mekhi Phifer in Dawn of the Dead
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Zack Snyder He’s always been a divisive director, but he took it seriously George A. Romeroclassic The dawn of the dead It remains one of the best horror remakes of all time. Taking the concept of the original and expanding the representation, scope and action, dawn It is an exciting journey and deserves to be called one of the best zombie movies ever made.

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Gunn pitched the film’s screenplay and turned it into more action-oriented territory than the original film’s slower pace. While the movie focuses more on gunfights with the undead than developing its characters, the large cast still focus enough to create a sense of melancholy as they each fall victim to the predatory horde.

The dawn of the dead Available to stream on Hulu.

1/11 “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy squad

Gunn’s best movie and one of the best entries in the entire MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a great Marvel movie should be: action-packed, funny, moving, and a gateway for audiences to discover some of the best comic book characters in history.

Guardians is the origin story of a ragtag space mercenary group, which shows how the small crew of criminals first met and why they stand together. While all of the characters are still at odds with each other, it eventually culminates in one of the best superhero teams within the MCU.

Guardians of the Galaxy Available to stream on Disney+.

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