The House of Gucci director joins a long list of ace directors to say he doesn’t care for superhero films
It is currently a thing for interviewers to ask reputed directors on their opinions on superhero films, and for the directors to say how much they don’t enjoy it. The latest in the list is Ridley Scott, who has had two big movies this year – The Last Duel and House of Gucci. His career has spanned decades, and has created some masterpieces like Alien, Gladiator, The Martian, Thelma & Louise, and American Gangster.
In an interview with Deadline for House of Gucci, Ridley Scott shared his views on superhero films, and his views coincided with directors like Martin Scorsese and Denis Villeneuve.
Ridley Scott started off by saying that the best films are driven by the characters, but the superhero movies are “f***ing boring as sh**.” He added that scripts aren’t any good, and why they can’t have better stories. He apologized for going off the rail, but insisted that they’re mostly saved by special effects. Ridley Scott also said that he had done three great scripted superhero movies, Alien starring Sigourney Weaver, Gladiator starring Russell Crowe, and Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford.
The statements by these directors have caused a lot of controversy, starting from 2019. Other actors and directors have also weighed in on the matter, including Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who expressed his displeasure at Martin Scorsese for criticizing the movies without watching them.
Despite these directors giving their negative opinions, the genre is now part of the large bulk of Hollywood, and they got the biggest reception at the pandemic box offices. However, the director is not wrong for wanting to focus on storytelling and character elements. But it is important to notice that the movie industry is changing and is now focused more on what can generate a bigger audience.