Marvel, DC: after Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott slams superhero movies

Several months ago the legendary Martin scorsese had created controversy by lambasting superhero films. It is the turn of another legend of the cinema to destroy the films of the Marvel and DC teams: Ridley scott.

Very harsh words

Since the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron man in 2008, superhero movies triumph in theaters. Not to mention the trilogy The dark knight by Christopher Nolan nor the film Joker by Todd Philipps, no less than fifty superhero films have been released on the big screen since 2008. A real super-heroic tidal wave, to the delight of fans of comics and spectacular films!

However, this hegemony of the superhero genre is not to everyone’s taste. In 2019, while promoting his latest film The irishman, Martin Scorsese had some very harsh comments about the Marvel movies, explaining that “it’s not cinema“. Words that have caused controversy and many reactions, among the team of Marvel Studios.

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The illustrious director of Taxi Driver, The Freedmen and of Casino had nevertheless been able to count on the support of a few colleagues, in particular Denis Villeneuve (Fires, Blade Runner 2049, Dune), who recently sided with Martin Scorsese, sharply critical of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and drawing the wrath of directors Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

Today, it’s Sir Ridley Scott’s turn to join the fray. One of the most illustrious filmmakers of his generation, the British director, in full promotion of the excellent The Last Duel and of House of Gucci (scheduled for late November), told our American colleagues from Deadline :

Why don’t superhero movies have better stories? They are saved by their special effects, and it gets boring for anyone who works with special effects.

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However, Looks like Ridley Scott doesn’t put all comic book movies in one basket, and that he can recognize in some of them immense qualities. So, while he was asked about his future collaboration with Joaquin Phoenix in the Napoleonic drama Kitbag, the director ofAlien, the eighth passenger and of Blade runner Explain :

Joaquin can do it all. So when he does something like Joker, there are things about that Joker that I’ve never seen before.

At any rate, there is no doubt that these statements are likely to rekindle the controversy. However, it seems to us to take a step back and analyze them from another angle. If the words of Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve and Ridley Scott obviously raise complex questions of the philosophy of cinema, such as “What is a film?”, “What is a good film? ” or “What is cinema?”, they are also a look at the current Hollywood industry.

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Indeed, we can explain the harshness of Martin Scorsese’s words with regard to the films of the superhero par the real difficulty that the filmmaker, recipient of the Palme d’Or in 1976 and the Oscar for best director in 2006, has to finance his new projects. Only the Netflix and AppleTV + platforms have agreed to finance The irishman and Killers of the Flower Moon, his next feature film starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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As for Ridley Scott, his film The Last Duel, fascinating medieval chronicle whose narration is inspired by Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa, is an American box office failure, in part due to the hyper-presence of superheroic competitors (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage and The Eternals). Remember that House of Gucci, Sir Ridley Scott’s next feature film, hits theaters on November 24. The film will star Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Jared Leto.

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Marvel, DC: after Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott slams superhero movies