After watching what Dave Bautista did to Ric Flair on his 70th birthday, Disney has decided they would rather not get on his bad side. The film company has re-instated James Gunn as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise following backlash from Dave Bautista and others.
Gunn was removed as director when old Tweets of his were deemed offensive. Disney issued a statement to media that Gunn’s comments were ““indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.”
This summer, Bautista, Chris Pratt, and others involved with the film made public statements expressing their desire for Gunn to be reinstated.
Bautista posted the following in regards to the matter:
“I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this.. @JamesGunn is one of the most loving, caring, good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. I’m NOT ok with what’s happening to him.”
Bautista did say, however, he would participate in a 3rd film without Gunn if he was legally required.
I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018
He also sent out the following in response to an article covering Gunn’s situation:
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 17, 2018
Disney announced today, however, that Gunn will return to direct the 3rd Guardians of the Galaxy film. He is currently directing Suicide Squad 2.