Comic book movies have been exploding onto the big screen for the past several years now with some great (and less great) directors at the helm. But there’s one legendary filmmaker who refuses to touch the genre with a 10-foot pole: Ridley Scott.
In a recent piece over at Digital Spy, Scott revealed that he’d been asked several times to helm a superhero film (I can’t help but wonder which movies he was offered), but the Alien and Blade Runner director has always turned them down. The reason? He basically thinks superhero movies have “no story,” and the one example Scott latched on is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Here’s what he said:
“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing - that's why I've never really done one,” he said. “[I've been asked] several times, but I can't believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.”
However, Scott admitted that of all the many blockbusters he's directed over the years, Blade Runner is the film that’s the closest in style to a comic book movie.
“I've done that kind of movie - Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, it's a dark story told in an unreal world. You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I'd have a f**king good story, as opposed to no story!”
While some superhero films do have problems in the story department due to the fact that they seem to be more concerned about the spectacle unfolding on screen rather than the plot itself, there have been some pretty solid comic book movies with great storylines. The best example that comes to mind is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But the dislike Scott has for the modern blockbuster doesn’t end there. He thinks cinema as a whole has gotten “pretty bad,” and he’s worried about the future of movies.
“I want to keep doing cinema and I hope it doesn't affect those of us who still keep making smart films,” he said. “I'm hoping it doesn't affect me.”
What do you guys think of Ridley Scott’s comments on superhero movies? Scott's next film, Alien: Covenant, will open in movie theaters on May 19, 2017.
(via Digital Spy)