Here's why Tim Burton thinks people will "get sick of" the Marvel movie formula

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Dec 16, 2014, 6:09 PM EST (Updated)

Tim Burton took a brief break from teasing out his weird haircut, sharing mutual creepy stares with Helena Bonham Carter and fantasizing about Johnny Depp to talk about the film franchise that made him a name in Hollywood -- Batman. He joked that his Bat-flicks, considered dark and edgy to the xxxtreme back in the late '80s and early '90s, "now look like a light-hearted romp." How true. But he then turned his critical eye toward the way Marvel's making movies now. In short: He's bored by it. In long?

Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working, but how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?  I think there is [another superhero film in me], but I don’t know. You think we need more superhero movies? It keeps on going. It’s amazing how long it’s been going for and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. Some day people will get sick of it.

This quote elicited very opposing responses between my editor and me. One of us thinks Burton is more or less on point, whereas the other was a mean jerk about it, saying something along the lines of "What's that, Tim Burton? Growing weary with someone making the same kind of film, over and over again, with diminishing returns? YES, GOOD POINT, GUY WHO'S BEEN MAKING THE SAME JOHNNY DEPP MOVIES FOR TWENTY YEARS."

SPOILER ALERT: The second person was probably me.

To divert from picking fights with famous directors slightly, it seems like Marvel is also bored with its own formula. After all, much of its future slate involves a swift departure from what came before (Inhumans, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel). Heck, even Guardians of the Galaxy was already pretty different from what it had been doing up until now.

As for Burton returning to the realm of comic-book heroes, well ... what do you think? Should he? And if he does, who would you like to see him tackle?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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