James Gunn's Past Haunts Him: Controversial Remark About Damon Lindelof Resurfaces

DC Universe evolves with fresh creative minds on board.

by Nouman Rasool
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James Gunn's Past Haunts Him: Controversial Remark About Damon Lindelof Resurfaces
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DC's Unstoppable Cinematography Leader, James Gunn, posts new writing team for the upcoming series "Max's Lanterns" which included notable industry talents like celebrated DC writer Tom King, Damon Lindelof, mastermind behind "Lost" and "Watchmen," and acclaimed "Ozark" showrunner Chris Mundy.

And while Gunn took to social media to shower his team with praise, old criticisms he had about Lindelof have resurrected him and stirred up past controversies. But even before that, back in 2012, Gunn really bashed the ending of the series "Lost" when he shared his opinion in a very legendary Facebook post where he compared Lindelof to the controversial character Uri Geller, calling him "close to Satan" and labeling him a "total scam artist with no integrity" and a "liar." Those were really strong Gunn words, which conveyed a moment of great frustration with the ending of the series that many fans felt at that time.

Reconciliation and Recognition

So much has happened since then: time and Lindelof's work on the critical darlings "Watchmen" and series "The Leftovers," in essence, seem to have softened Gunn's earlier stance. The decision to bring Lindelof on board for Lanterns suggests some kind of reunion then, or at the least perhaps a tacit acknowledgment of Lindelof's singular abilities as a storyteller, now seen as fundamentally necessary by Gunn for the project ahead.

Adding to the complexity of Gunn’s public statements, another past criticism resurfaced regarding legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott. Gunn had previously expressed skepticism about Scott's 2012 film "Prometheus," despite being impressed by the trailer, indicating a cautious stance towards Scott's works post-"Thelma & Louise." Gunn's approach to assembling the "Lanterns" writing team is evidently strategic, aligning with the series' ambition to blend superhero elements with a gritty, investigative narrative, reminiscent of shows like "True Detective." This direction was highlighted by both Gunn and DC CEO Peter Safran, who have promised a terrestrial-based investigative story featuring Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart as they unravel a mystery integral to the broader DC Universe.

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