A Twitter account for a movie podcast implored Gunn to make future onscreen iterations of Velma homosexual, to which Gunn replied, “I tried!”
“In 2001 Velma was explicitly homosexual in my original script” (for 2002’s stay-motion “Scooby-Doo’), he wrote. “But the studio just retained watering it down & watering it down, turning out to be ambiguous (the variation shot), then nothing (the launched variation) & ultimately acquiring a boyfriend (the sequel).”
Gunn wrote the two the stay-motion movie and its 2004 sequel, which the two starred Linda Cardellini as Velma. In the second movie, actor Seth Green performed her boyfriend, and any implications that the character was homosexual had been eradicated.
That wasn’t uncommon in early 2000s franchise movies. GLAAD, the nonprofit that monitors LGBTQ representation in media, in 2013 claimed studios had been “reluctant” to consist of LGBTQ figures in motion franchises.
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Given that the launch of the “Scooby-Doo” movies in the early 2000s, major studios have slowly but surely warmed to which include much more LGBTQ figures in blockbuster movies: “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” highlighted a homosexual kiss in the history of a single scene at the end of the movie, and Pixar’s “Onward” integrated the studio’s initial homosexual character. Both equally instances had been criticized as much too short and ancillary to the films’ principal tales.
Gunn has absent on to produce and direct Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. He apologized for a weblog write-up from 2011 in which he built anti-homosexual feedback, GLAAD reported. He was also fired, then rehired, for the 3rd “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie immediately after yrs-old tweets joking about pedophilia and molestation resurfaced in 2018.