After the success of The Avengers, Marvel Comics quickly greenlighted a film version of The Guardians of the Galaxy, a comic about space-faring cosmic protectors with ties to the Earthbound superhero squad.
But after director and screenwriter James Gunn was picked to lead the project, questions were raised about a blogpost Gunn penned last year: In “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With,” he rattled off a list of sponge-worthy heroes, using less-than-tactful descriptions.
For example, Gunn said considering a liaison with the mutant Gambit—described as a “Cajun fruit”—made him nauseous.
The idea of my balls slapping against Gambit’s makes me sick to my stomach, but I can’t deny the fellow’s pure HEAT, as he yet again placed so high on this list, despite being male and in the presence of so many A-listers.
The lesbian caped crusader Batwoman also made Gunn’s wish list, though he said Iron Man could probably turn her straight.
Here are some other choice comments:
Stephanie Brown, a.k.a. Spoiler: “Being a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy. Go for it.”
Batgirl: “She has the ultimate daddy issues. Which means she’s just my type.”
Spider-Woman: “The whole time I’m fucking her I can’t get her face out of my mind as the skrull leader who tried to conquer the world… So I finish on her face to help block out the painful memories.”
After outcry by comics readers and GLAAD, Gunn issued an apology on his official Facebook page:
“A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I’m sorry and regret making them at all.
“People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said. We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all.
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