Legendary filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott has branded modern cinema “pretty bad” and revealed why he has never directed a superhero movie.
While promoting his next project, Alien: Covenant, the 79-year-old insisted he wants to “keep making smart films” as he goes into the final stretch of his career.
But while slamming the current state blockbuster cinema, the Gladiator director took aim at the saturation of comic book adaptations at modern multiplexes, not unlike Steven Spielberg in 2015.
Speaking with Digital Spy, he said: “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.”
He added: “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.”
Along with his new Alien prequel, 2017 also sees the release of the Scott produced Blade Runner 2049 – which is the much anticipated sequel to filmmaker’s 1982 classic. And while admitting the cinematic world of Blade Runner would work well as a comic strip, the British director took another swipe at Marvel and DC Comics movies.
He said: “(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.”
While the modern world of tentpole franchises has given us an overabundance of interchangeable superhero movies, it has also allowed Scott to revisit his two most celebrated works. Indeed, his first seminal picture Alien (1979) was developed into a franchise against his wishes by studio Fox with James Cameron directing its iconic sequel Aliens (1986).
The British filmmaker returned to the franchise with quasi-prequel Prometheus (2012) which divided critics and fans, but ultimately proved a success grossing $403 million worldwide from a $130 million budget.
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