Brad Bird on how he wants to avoid the superhero cliches in Incredibles 2

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Apr 20, 2015

With modern classics like Iron Giant and The Incredibles on his resume, Brad Bird is already a living legend — but he’s finally returning to a franchise that’s been begging for a sequel. So, what does the director have to say about Incredibles 2?

Between putting the finishing touches on the awesome-looking Tomorrowland, Bird chatted with Little White Lies about how the superhero genre has changed in the decade since he made The Incredibles. Marvel Studios wasn’t even a blip on the radar at the time, and we were still a year away from Batman Begins. Needless to say, The Incredibles existed in a very different world.

Luckily, Bird recognizes just how much the landscape has changed, and he hopes to avoid some of the modern-day tropes that have crept into the genre. Check out an excerpt below, in which he chimes in on the genre as a whole and the approach he’s taking with the Incredibles sequel:

"Well, I worry if you comment too much on other movies [in your own movie] then you might just be coasting off their good will. There was a very lazy trend in comedy where somebody would start singing the theme song from The Flintstones and you're supposed to dig on it just because you recognize it. So I don't like that. I think that movies ought to work in and of themselves. However… I would say that the superhero movie turf right now is very trodden over — it's kind of like a field that's had too many games on it, and it's just dried up dirt at this point.

I think that the greatest special effect is caring about a character. A lot of movies seem to forget that, and they bring out a lot of fireballs and then wonder why the fireballs don't have that much impact, no matter how loud and how big they are. But the truth is that the fireball isn't that exciting unless you care about the person running from it."

Though The Incredibles had several fun action scenes and set pieces, it was the focus on this weird world and the characters that inhabit it that made the film so much fun. We don’t need more fireballs; we need more family. 

Are you looking forward to the Incredibles sequel? What direction would you like to see it take?

(Via Little White Lies)

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