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James Gunn reveals the real inspiration for the ‘Peacemaker’ dance intro

Gunn's inspiration for the dance number in 'Peacemaker' highlights the filmmaker's indie film sensibilities.

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James Gunn is revealing the viral dance opening number for his DC show Peacemaker was influenced by one of his own films.

The revelation comes from Gunn’s Twitter account, where he responded to a fan who asked whether the choreography was perhaps influenced by the anime Death Parade, which originally came out in 2015.

Gunn revealed it wasn’t the anime that influenced the dance intro, but his own 2011 film starring Rainn Wilson, Super. The aforementioned indie comedy wasn’t a huge box office hit, though it has since garnered something of a cult following.

Gunn explained that in the movie, there is an animated dance number that very much resembles Peacemaker‘s live-action routine. The dance happens at about 01:46 into the video.

Indeed, many of the dance moves are quite similar to what the actors in Peacemaker would later do, such as the dancers stiffly swaying their arms in an angular pose.

It’s refreshing to hear Gunn has not strayed far from his independent film sensibilities. Super was only the second full-length feature film he directed, following 2006’s excellent body horror film Slither. Before that, he worked for the horror-schlock production company Troma, famed for their Toxic Avenger film series, and was mentored by co-founder Lloyd Kaufman.

After Super, a film about everyday people who choose to become masked vigilantes, in a premise that has been compared to Kickass, Gunn helmed the box office smash that helped breathe new life into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Peacemaker has also been a huge hit for DC on HBO Max, despite spinning off from Gunn’s acclaimed film The Suicide Squad, which was surprisingly something of a box office flop.

Danny Peterson
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Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'