Every now and then, a director will make an asinine comment that disparages the comic book movie genre.
Generally, the director in question will be working on a popcorn flick of their own, and they’ll claim that somehow, their movie succeeds as high art in a way that superhero films can never aspire to achieving.
It’s always, completely and totally, a load of total steaming xenomorph puke.
The latest in a long line of jealous directors is Ridley Scott, who took some time away from butchering the Alien franchise in order to complain about superheroes, like some kind of weird, bearded Lex Luthor.
“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing - that's why I've never really done one… I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tightrope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.”
Then, though, Scott went on to instantly contradict himself in the best way possible, without a hint of self-awareness, by pointing out:
“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!”
Wow. We’re less than a week into 2017, but we’ve already been given one of the best stupid quotes of the year.
Ridley Scott says that comic book superhero movies are dumb, and that he’d never make one, except for the one he made, which is totally great, solely because he made it.
According to Ridley Scott, Superhero movies don’t have a coherent story, unlike Ridley Scott movies, which are totally the best, you guys.
This, from the man who directed Prometheus.
Sometimes, comic book movies end up just being a good target for Hollywood directors who need a scapegoat to blame their failures on. Ridley Scott’s suffering from a pretty terrible career slump at the moment, so it’s easier to chalk this up to an inherent problem in cinema, rather than to address his own failings.
“Cinema mainly is pretty bad”, according to Ridley, “I want to keep doing cinema and I hope it doesn't affect those of us who still keep making smart films.”
Says the guy who made Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe.