Is James Gunn teasing some future stars of the reborn cinematic DC Universe?
Asked on Threads if some of the stars of his Marvel Studios franchise Guardians of the Galaxy could show up playing themselves in a future season of his Peacemaker series for Max, with both Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff named specifically, Gunn offered a surprisingly teasing, vague, answer: “There are reasons I wouldn’t want either of those actors to play themselves in the DCU,” he wrote.
The obvious implication is that both actors could be in mind for other roles as part of the new DC Universe that begins with Gunn’s Superman: Legacy in 2025. If so, they would join Nathan Fillion, who appeared in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and is set to play Guy Gardner in the reboot of the Superman series.
Gunn is well known for maintaining long-term relationships with actors, who appear in multiple projects he’s involved in; Fillion, for example, has appeared in every movie Gunn has ever directed, from Slither through GOTGV3 — as has Michael Rooker, for that matter. (He played Savant in The Suicide Squad; Fillion was also in that movie, as he short-lived TDK.) Both of these actors have already made the crossover between Gunn’s Marvel and DC projects, but they’re far from alone: other actors who belong to that group are Sean Gunn, Daniele Meclhior, Flula Borg, Gregg Henry, Jennifer Holland, Lloyd Kaufman, Mikaele Hoover, Pete Davidson, Stephen Blackehart, Steve Agee, Sylvester Stallone, and Chukwudi Iwuji. Maria Bakalova makes the cut, too, having voiced Cosmo in GOTGV3, and being part of the voice cast for the upcoming Creature Commandos animated series.
Klementieff has already shown up in a DC movie — she’s in The Suicide Squad, appearing in the background as a dancer in the 2021 movie directed by Gunn. But, as Fillion’s example shows, that doesn’t mean she can’t show up elsewhere in a larger role. (As anyone who’s seen this summer’s Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One already knows, she deserves one.)
Pratt, meanwhile, hasn’t shown up in a DC project yet, nor have his Guardians co-stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, or Will Poulter… but is that just a matter of time…?