In a recent press ring, recapped by Digital Spy, Ridley Scott was pretty down about the state of the film industry. He said, “Cinema mainly is pretty bad…[but] I want to keep doing cinema, and I hope it doesn’t affect those of us who still keep making smart films. I’m hoping it doesn’t affect me.”
He then shared his thoughts on superhero movies, and why he’s never directed one–and doesn’t plan to in the future. “Superhero movies are not my kind of thing–that’s why I’ve never really done one. [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.”
His scorn doesn’t extend to all of genre film making, though. “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!”
I won’t speculate as to which specific movies he’s throwing shade at, but Scott clearly has no love for the superhero genre. Now, he’s totally entitled to his opinions, and there’s no denying that some of the major blockbusters have story problems. Superhero fare in particular can get crowded and spectacle-heavy. But I’ll admit I smirk a bit at any comments about “reality” coming from a man who decided to whitewash Egypt.
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