It’s still stunning to me that James Gunn got here. He launched his career as the writer of “Tromeo and Juliet,” and, after a run of studio assignments (two “Scooby-Doo” movies and Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead”), directed a couple of gore-soaked flicks in “Slither” and “Super” (which is tonally the “Taxi Driver” of superhero movies).
Somehow, he reined in his transgressive instincts to deliver the heartfelt “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy. He connects with misfits, and it sounds like he’s going to make a massive comic book movie about the ultimate superhero misfit. We’ve seen Clark as a socially inept bungler, but an introspective, lonely-as-hell Superman would be new. He’s earned loads of goodwill thanks to his “Guardians” movies. If he’s connected to Supes in the same way, we could be in for something very special. The world needs Superman.