James Gunn defends superhero genre

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn has come to the defence of the superhero genre

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James Gunn has launched a staunch defence of superhero movies.

The 44-year-old 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director has hit back at critics of the genre, challenging them to "come out and say we're dumb" if that's what they believe.

He said: "Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite.

"I've already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them [than] people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films."

Gunn called on critics to stop taking cheap shots at the genre and just admit they're not fans.

He wrote on Facebook: "If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we're dumb.

"But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a 'serious' filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken."

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