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Ridley Scott apprently doesn't like superhero movies

01.04.2017

Superhero films have been around since superheroes. From the serials of the '40s and '50s (with the first one being CAPTAIN MARVEL - the SHAZAM version - in 1940), to the current explosion of big-budget comic-book blockbusters post-X-MEN that we're living in today. Point is, superhero films have been a fixture on the big-screen from the beginning, and even if their popularity waxes-and-wanes, they will never truly go away.

I bring all this up, because in an interview with Digital Spy, Ridley Scott talked about being offered and turning down various superhero films, and the reasons why:

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...cinema mainly is pretty bad...I hope it doesn't affect those of us who still keep making smart films.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love me some Ridley Scott. He gets a lifetime pass for ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER alone, let alone all of his other great films he's made since then (GLADIATOR, MATCHSTICK MEN, etc). And, look, he's entitled to his opinion. I just happen to vehemently disagree with it, as I feel superhero films, while exaggerated, can still give truths of the human condition if done well. Honestly, I wonder what superhero films he was offered?

But what do you Schmoes think? You getting sick of superhero films too?

You can see Ridley Scott's next film ALIEN: COVENANT May 19th, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Ridley Scott was the brother of the late director Tony Scott.
Source: Digital Spy

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9:34PM on 01/05/2017

He's right

It's just an opinion and studios only green-light these kind of movies for big budgets. Eventually, it'll get stale.
It's just an opinion and studios only green-light these kind of movies for big budgets. Eventually, it'll get stale.
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10:12AM on 01/05/2017
To an extent I agree with him. I think early superhero films like the X-Men franchise, First Spiderman franchise, The Dark Knight trilogy, were really great at capturing the human condition within the superhero genre. When Marvel got into the game, I don't think they really set out to "capture the human condition" with their movies much less try to give a really entertaining popcorn film. And they did succeed, but nearly 10 years later I do think their brand is becoming stale. And with the
To an extent I agree with him. I think early superhero films like the X-Men franchise, First Spiderman franchise, The Dark Knight trilogy, were really great at capturing the human condition within the superhero genre. When Marvel got into the game, I don't think they really set out to "capture the human condition" with their movies much less try to give a really entertaining popcorn film. And they did succeed, but nearly 10 years later I do think their brand is becoming stale. And with the exception of Deadpool, I don't think superhero movies are really living up to the potential they once achieved. God knows DC is shitting the bed with their movie brand, and for the time being Marvel is just getting stale - will have to wait and see what happens with Infinity War and beyond.
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4:00AM on 01/05/2017

Pot Meet Kettle

Says the guy who made a movie about extra terrestrials that lay eggs in your stomach. How is that less "unreality" than superheroes? Heck, he did Legend, a fantasy film. Aren't superheroes just another kind of fantasy.
Says the guy who made a movie about extra terrestrials that lay eggs in your stomach. How is that less "unreality" than superheroes? Heck, he did Legend, a fantasy film. Aren't superheroes just another kind of fantasy.
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11:51PM on 01/04/2017
I shouldn't be so surprised people get all bent out of shape about what is very clearly an OPINION. So he takes a little jab at those movies, saying they aren't "smart." Wear it as a badge of honor. Comic book movies, The Dark Knight series aside, are pretty dumb when you actually think about it (and TDKR was, too). That isn't saying they're not fun, or even clever sometimes. But Ridley Scott largely makes serious movies with brooding characters that are supposed to make you think (even if
I shouldn't be so surprised people get all bent out of shape about what is very clearly an OPINION. So he takes a little jab at those movies, saying they aren't "smart." Wear it as a badge of honor. Comic book movies, The Dark Knight series aside, are pretty dumb when you actually think about it (and TDKR was, too). That isn't saying they're not fun, or even clever sometimes. But Ridley Scott largely makes serious movies with brooding characters that are supposed to make you think (even if Prometheus is kinda dumb when you DO think about it).

And I'll say it again, these comments aren't made in a vacuum. He didn't just give his opinion because he thought "You know what I don't like, comic book movies." Somebody ASKED him.
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11:48PM on 01/04/2017

He's not wrong

All he said was that he doesn't like them, and he doesn't think they are particularly smart. He's not wrong.
All he said was that he doesn't like them, and he doesn't think they are particularly smart. He's not wrong.
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10:00PM on 01/04/2017
I think he could have chosen his words more carefully, but I get what he's saying. Studios these day only make big-budget films that are part of a franchise, and comic book films are the biggest ones going right now. If you want to make an original film, it will most likely need to be on a small budget. Many other directors have said the same thing. There's a reason we don't see historical epics like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven as much these days.
I think he could have chosen his words more carefully, but I get what he's saying. Studios these day only make big-budget films that are part of a franchise, and comic book films are the biggest ones going right now. If you want to make an original film, it will most likely need to be on a small budget. Many other directors have said the same thing. There's a reason we don't see historical epics like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven as much these days.
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9:22PM on 01/04/2017

Get off my lawn!

When you get to the age where you start bashing anything new, it's time to retire, old man.

Also, when your best movie in a decade is half filmed on stationary Go-Pro's, that might be a bad sign as well.
When you get to the age where you start bashing anything new, it's time to retire, old man.

Also, when your best movie in a decade is half filmed on stationary Go-Pro's, that might be a bad sign as well.
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6:52PM on 01/04/2017
Much of the criticisms he levels at superhero films were no doubt made about sci-fi movies when they were the big new thing in cinema, yet directors like Scott made more intelligent films in the sci-fi framework and the genre gained credibility (to a degree). So whereas he might feel superhero films aren't for him, it's really just a case of making more intelligent superhero films. Sure there's a degree to which characters with superhuman abilities are essentially ridiculous, but there are
Much of the criticisms he levels at superhero films were no doubt made about sci-fi movies when they were the big new thing in cinema, yet directors like Scott made more intelligent films in the sci-fi framework and the genre gained credibility (to a degree). So whereas he might feel superhero films aren't for him, it's really just a case of making more intelligent superhero films. Sure there's a degree to which characters with superhuman abilities are essentially ridiculous, but there are plenty of comicbook runs that are thoroughly intelligent and could translate well into worthy films, it's just a matter of the right filmmakers getting an opportunity to adapt the material which would be easier in standalone films that aren't beholden to a studio's greater plan for numerous films in an expansive cinematic universe.
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8:37PM on 01/04/2017
He's more than welcome to make an attempt at a "smart" adaptation of a superhero film too. I don't get why he feels the need to bash the genre just because he doesn't feel they are smart in the first place. So what?! To me, Prometheus wasn't a smart film. Doesn't mean people can't still enjoy it (thought I didn't I don't begrudge those that did like it)
He's more than welcome to make an attempt at a "smart" adaptation of a superhero film too. I don't get why he feels the need to bash the genre just because he doesn't feel they are smart in the first place. So what?! To me, Prometheus wasn't a smart film. Doesn't mean people can't still enjoy it (thought I didn't I don't begrudge those that did like it)
6:33PM on 01/04/2017

Hypocrites

....Yeah but if he said he was directing your favorite superheroe movie tomorrow you'd be all over good nuts. What a bunch of pathetic douches
....Yeah but if he said he was directing your favorite superheroe movie tomorrow you'd be all over good nuts. What a bunch of pathetic douches
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8:18PM on 01/04/2017
You can think he's a fantastic director and still think it's a somewhat pretentious statement at the same time. They're not mutually exclusive thoughts. Doesn't make someone a hypocrite.
You can think he's a fantastic director and still think it's a somewhat pretentious statement at the same time. They're not mutually exclusive thoughts. Doesn't make someone a hypocrite.
8:33PM on 01/04/2017
Nick-o is right. I can think it's douche for Scott to say what he said and still not hate him. He's only human. we're allowed to have disagreements on subjects.
Nick-o is right. I can think it's douche for Scott to say what he said and still not hate him. He's only human. we're allowed to have disagreements on subjects.
6:30PM on 01/04/2017

He's right

He's right, Prometheus was awesome, chicks are funny, get over it
He's right, Prometheus was awesome, chicks are funny, get over it
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8:32PM on 01/04/2017
Prometheus wasn't a smart film though. It was clumsy, very clumsy. If you enjoyed it, that's fine but I fully disagree with you.
Prometheus wasn't a smart film though. It was clumsy, very clumsy. If you enjoyed it, that's fine but I fully disagree with you.
8:38PM on 01/04/2017
@GodMagnus he was using a line from the newest season of South Park. It was sarcasm.
@GodMagnus he was using a line from the newest season of South Park. It was sarcasm.
6:23PM on 01/04/2017

He's right though.

Look at what comes out today, it's sequel after sequel after sequel, and if it's not a sequel it's a comic book property. If it's not a comic book movie, it's a young adult novel adaptation.

What happened to movies like Gremlins, The Goonies, The Sandlot, A League of Their Own, When Harry Met Sally, Big, fuck man I could keep going. Everything today has to be a fucking spectacle, and I think that's why most of my movie catalog is from the 80's/90's. I can rewatch movies in that era at
Look at what comes out today, it's sequel after sequel after sequel, and if it's not a sequel it's a comic book property. If it's not a comic book movie, it's a young adult novel adaptation.

What happened to movies like Gremlins, The Goonies, The Sandlot, A League of Their Own, When Harry Met Sally, Big, fuck man I could keep going. Everything today has to be a fucking spectacle, and I think that's why most of my movie catalog is from the 80's/90's. I can rewatch movies in that era at any time. Today and probably the past 10 years I see a movie 1 time, and that's enough for me.
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11:07PM on 01/04/2017
exactly ! why do we need another alien or blade runner sequel . why not something original .
exactly ! why do we need another alien or blade runner sequel . why not something original .
4:07AM on 01/05/2017
And yet his film this year is another sequel. See the problem?
And yet his film this year is another sequel. See the problem?
12:29PM on 01/05/2017
Oh no, I agree with you on the sequel thing, but I agree with him on the comic book thing. I'm not defending his movies, especially his newer ones.
Oh no, I agree with you on the sequel thing, but I agree with him on the comic book thing. I'm not defending his movies, especially his newer ones.
6:19PM on 01/04/2017
He is entitled to not be a fan of the genre but I am getting sick of directors bashing the genre just because it's "the thing" right now. Years ago another pompous director also claimed the only movies that should be made are dramas, aka Oscar contenders.
I work from 8am to 5:30pm 5 days a week. I put up with stupidity from customers and employees, deal with family drama and all other sorts of BS. If would rather be dead than be forced to only watch "Smart" films. Sometimes, it's really
He is entitled to not be a fan of the genre but I am getting sick of directors bashing the genre just because it's "the thing" right now. Years ago another pompous director also claimed the only movies that should be made are dramas, aka Oscar contenders.
I work from 8am to 5:30pm 5 days a week. I put up with stupidity from customers and employees, deal with family drama and all other sorts of BS. If would rather be dead than be forced to only watch "Smart" films. Sometimes, it's really fucking relaxing to just sit down and enjoy a movie.
Not everything needs to be Oscar contenders. I despise reality tv but I don't give a crap if people love them. Let them have their shows. I just don't watch or support it, but I wouldn't call people less "Smart" for watching them either.
He's more than welcome to never direct a Superhero movie. It's not his thing. That's fine. This attitude that movies that make you think are the only movies worth watch is ridiculous.
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11:01PM on 01/04/2017
well said....i remember films like predator , terminator or rambo were not winning movie of the year but are now classics...sometimes a good 7/10 flic is nice to relax to on a cold nite
well said....i remember films like predator , terminator or rambo were not winning movie of the year but are now classics...sometimes a good 7/10 flic is nice to relax to on a cold nite
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5:44PM on 01/04/2017
It's OK for him not to direct a movie of a genre he doesn't like, but he doesn't have to insult it that way. Plenty of super-hero movies have been considered among the best of their respective years. Some have even been considered to be incredibly deep and mind-challenging. Even if they were as he describes them, he wouldn't have the right to say it considering that he has made some bad movies.
It's OK for him not to direct a movie of a genre he doesn't like, but he doesn't have to insult it that way. Plenty of super-hero movies have been considered among the best of their respective years. Some have even been considered to be incredibly deep and mind-challenging. Even if they were as he describes them, he wouldn't have the right to say it considering that he has made some bad movies.
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4:05AM on 01/05/2017
Yes, there is a mix of good and bad, just as in any other genre.
Yes, there is a mix of good and bad, just as in any other genre.
4:01PM on 01/05/2017
That was 2 years ago. You make it sound like it has been longer. Anyway, I talk about all types of critics. This year, CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, DEADPOOL and DR. STRANGE were universally praised by them (not just audiences).
That was 2 years ago. You make it sound like it has been longer. Anyway, I talk about all types of critics. This year, CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, DEADPOOL and DR. STRANGE were universally praised by them (not just audiences).
5:32PM on 01/04/2017

His right

He has every right not to like or direct a superhero film. They range from awful to amazing. I do have to say that the Alien franchise can be just as mindless and lack depth too. This is nothing new.
He has every right not to like or direct a superhero film. They range from awful to amazing. I do have to say that the Alien franchise can be just as mindless and lack depth too. This is nothing new.
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4:58PM on 01/04/2017

Idiot

The dark night was better than any film he has ever made and smarter ,Plus the best alien movie ever is the one James Cameron directed .
The dark night was better than any film he has ever made and smarter ,Plus the best alien movie ever is the one James Cameron directed .
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6:31PM on 01/04/2017
Wrong. Couldn't be more wrong
Wrong. Couldn't be more wrong
7:34PM on 01/04/2017
"The dark night", eh? Never heard of it. Must have missed that one. Work on your fucking grammar before calling someone else an "idiot". Jesus Christ.
"The dark night", eh? Never heard of it. Must have missed that one. Work on your fucking grammar before calling someone else an "idiot". Jesus Christ.
11:04PM on 01/04/2017
ok doc lets no bring religion into this :)
and yes James Cameron made the best alien movie.
ok doc lets no bring religion into this :)
and yes James Cameron made the best alien movie.
4:03AM on 01/05/2017
Dark Knight is great, but objectively claiming it is easily better than Blade Runner is suspect.
Dark Knight is great, but objectively claiming it is easily better than Blade Runner is suspect.
4:45PM on 01/04/2017
Ya cause Prometheus was a smart film.
Ya cause Prometheus was a smart film.
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4:57PM on 01/04/2017
Right?! Ugh I fucking hate that film. I was going to do a take down of Prometheus in the article proper, but it was already running long.
Right?! Ugh I fucking hate that film. I was going to do a take down of Prometheus in the article proper, but it was already running long.
6:31PM on 01/04/2017
Yeah it was
Yeah it was
4:22PM on 01/04/2017
I'm just hoping Alien: Covenant is good.
I'm just hoping Alien: Covenant is good.
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4:18PM on 01/04/2017

Yawn

Another acclaimed director doesn't like / is too good for super hero movies?! Holy repeated headlines, Batman! [Edit: not knocking JoBlo, just sick of directors saying the same thing]
Another acclaimed director doesn't like / is too good for super hero movies?! Holy repeated headlines, Batman! [Edit: not knocking JoBlo, just sick of directors saying the same thing]
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4:16PM on 01/04/2017
ridley is too lazy to direct his own movies and should shut his face
ridley is too lazy to direct his own movies and should shut his face
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