James Gunn, the man entrusted with steering Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" to the big screen, apologized publicly for a 2011 blog post that was criticized as sexist and homophobic.
Gunn, who is best known for directing the 2006 horror-comedy "Slither," found himself under fire this week after reports about a blog post titled "The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With." In it, he called the superhero Gambit a "Cajun fruit" and suggested that Iron Man could "turn" the lesbian Batwoman into a straight woman. He went on to joke that Batgirl, a masked avenger who happens to be a teen mother, was "easy." The list was voted on by Twitter and Facebook users, but has since been removed from his site.
In a statement to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Gunn said his attempt at irreverence was misguided and stressed that he is a proponent of gay rights and women's rights.
"A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny," Gunn said. "In rereading it over the past day I don't think it's funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I'm sorry and regret making them at all."
The post is an unwanted distraction from his efforts to give Marvel and its corporate owner the Walt Disney Company another hit. He plans to co-write the script for "Guardians of the Galaxy" in addition to directing. The film will be released in 2014.
"It kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said," he added in his apology. "We're all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I'm learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all."