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‘Poorly written’: James Gunn’s old FB post resurfaces critiquing Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Tim Burton’s Batman & more, faces backlash from DC Film fans

‘Poorly written’: James Gunn’s old FB post resurfaces critiquing Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Tim Burton’s Batman & more, faces backlash from DC Film fans

James Gunn, the DC Studios CEO is under fire from DC Film fans over a post detailing his dislike of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy and Tim Burton‘s Batman from 1989. However, for context – the post in question was published sometime in 2012 on Facebook, almost a decade ago though it hasn’t stopped the fanbase, especially Snyderverse stans from critiquing The Suicide Squad filmmaker for his harsh opinions.

A controversial old Facebook post by James Gunn has put more burden on DCU’s Brave and the Bold movie – the reboot project set to introduce a new caped crusader in Chapter 1 of Gods and Monsters. The director who has lately been active on social media promoting Blue Beetle has been silent through the wave of pushback since his shocking criticism of Batman movies went viral.

Gunn’s Facebook comments appear to be over an argument with another fan on the quality of past Bat projects. “The Tim Burton Batman is poorly written, the soundtrack is the worst work of everyone involved” Gunn notes in the comment while piling on that it is “one of the most boring films ever”. It goes further in detail scrutinizing Bruce Wayne’s parents’ death scene for replacing Joe Chill with the Joker as the murderer.

Speaking of who, Gunn also wrote in another comment on why he dislikes Jack Nicholson‘s Joker too. The director simply compares Nicholson’s clown prince of crime portrayal to The Shining “with shitty clown makeup”.

If that wasn’t enough, James also rips apart Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. “Listen, I have problems with both Nolan’s films – I don’t think either one is classic, and I don’t even really think Batman Begins is good.” In the same comment, James also throws shade at Micheal Keaton‘s Dark Knight stating he “did have a ridiculous voice”.

The CBM community remains in disbelief, questioning if the real James Gunn posted those comments. So far, PursueNews has only been able to verify that Gunn indeed uses a Facebook account aside from the official page with a verified check mark.

In the personal FB account, the director has also been critical of other filmmaker’s works. For instance – in one particular post, he reveals he has not liked Ridley Scott movies in the “last twenty years” reacting to the Prometheus trailer. Similarly, James has shared his unfiltered opinion on Tim Burton’s Bat film and Nolan’s. However, the posts were deleted as soon as it began trending on social platforms like Twitter/X.

The official subreddit for DC Cinematic’s moderator was able to cross-verify by accessing the link before its deletion and has allowed the post to remain up on their platform as well. Some fans have come in support of the director by pointing out the post originated 11 years ago, arguing Gunn’s opinion over those aforementioned movies could have changed. However, the DC Studios CEO, for his part, has not responded to the ongoing backlash as of this writing. The dissent center around the caped crusader’s live-action adaptation has also pulled in The Flash since it also features Keaton’s Dark Knight.

It almost feels like a full circle to Gunn’s MCU controversy stemming from his questionable posts which got him temporarily fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. An incident that the director was able to put behind him thanks to overwhelming support from the GOTG cast, other filmmakers from Hollywood and even Disney. However, it remains to be seen how the DCU chief could dodge the ongoing backlash from his hate for past DC Films – particularly Nolan’s TDK trilogy which continues to be celebrated as the best comic book adaptation by far.

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