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James Gunn Defends Work That Goes Into Superhero Films After Oscars

James Gunn is coming to the defense of Superhero films after criticism from filmmakers and actors over the "tsunami of superhero movies" at the box office.

Gunn, who directed the summer hit 'Guardians of the Galaxy', and brought Rocket Racoon to life says the "elite" have no right to bash superhero films.

"Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite," Gunn writes on Facebook.

"I've already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films."

"I've made B-movies, independent films, children's movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they've taken from the works of others."

"In all honesty, I do no find a strikingly different percentage of those with integrity and those without working within any of these fields of film."

"If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we're dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a 'serious' filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken."

'Guardians of the Galaxy' earned more than $774 million worldwide and was the highest-grossing superhero film of 2014 on a budget of $170 million. Its sequel is scheduled to be released in May 2017.

February 25, 2015 |

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