There's no such thing as a pure fandom. In every fan group, there's always a few bad eggs that ruin things for everyone. With a franchise as huge as DC, those few bad eggs turn into thousands, and The Suicide Squad director James Gunn is on the receiving end.
With The Suicide Squad set to kill many B-List and C-List DC characters, fans are getting riled up. Despite a lot of these characters being seemingly unimportant, these angry fans are starting to attack James Gunn.
James Gunn is getting death threats
James Gunn has already revealed that most of the cast of The Suicide Squad won't make it out alive. While fans are certain that characters like Harley Quinn will survive, nearly everyone else is on the chopping block. After all, these characters are on a suicide mission against one of DC's deadliest foes.
On Twitter, the director revealed that he gets negative messages “every single day". After explaining that he had to try and ignore “potential blowback from killing a character", Gunn revealed that he had already got a cruel message that day.
“This morning on IG: ‘This is a threat. If you kill (character name redacted) I will hatecrime you,’” the director posted.
One fan replied that they were amazed at the perseverance Gunn and other creatives have in this industry. In response, people declared that “millions of dollars helps" and “I’m sure he's crying in his Lamborghini”.
Fans can't let go
It’s been a recurring event that, when a character dies, fans can't seem to let go. Luke Skywalker's death in The Last Jedi saw Rian Johnson bombarded with death threats and hate. In the MCU, fans are so upset with the death of Tony Stark that they are actually campaigning for his revival.
“A thing isn't beautiful because it lasts" is a line by Vision in Age of Ultron; it's also true. Sometimes, fans just need to let go. The same few characters can't exist forever.