Ridley Scott explains why he won’t direct a superhero film

Not only has Ridley Scott directed several genre films, but he’s responsible for some of the most iconic genre films in the history of cinema. He made the original Alien and Blade Runner, widely considered some of the best science fiction ever produced, and he continues to tell these kinds of stories with last year’s The Martian and the upcoming Alien: Covenant. It might seem like someone with this kind of resume would be interested in tackling a superhero project, but apparently that’s not the case.

Scott was interviewed by press, including  Digital Spy, and he told them that he has no interest in superhero cinema and wants to “keep making smart films.”

“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing – that’s why I’ve never really done one,” he said.”[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.”

His negative comments weren’t just aimed at superhero films, however. He admitted that “cinema mainly is pretty bad” and that he’s concerned for its future prospects.

“I want to keep doing cinema and I hope it doesn’t affect those of us who still keep making smart films,” he said. “I’m hoping it doesn’t affect me.”

Scott’s Alien: Covenant, hopefully a smart film, will be released on May 19, 2017.

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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.

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  • Achirae

    I can see where he’s coming from, and he’s not wrong. So why not entice him with a non-superhero comic book film? I could see him doing a fantastic Starjammers movie, Guardians of the Galaxy if it wasn’t already being done beautifully, or hell, he’d be PERFECT to give us the Silver Surfer movie we deserve (maybe something he’d like to avoid, but man, think of how GORGEOUS a Ridley Scott Silver Surfer movie would be!!!)! I think he’d do infinitely better with Transformers than Michael “Let’s just blow everything up!” Bay. What about Thundercats? Or Gargoyles? Or He-Man?

    Sounds to me like he just doesn’t want to do something that’s simply unfeasible to actually come about. He likes to keep it real with advanced sciences rather than play with superhumans. There’s plenty out there that he can play with in this regard, and I’d love to see him sink his teeth into a comic project that he can enjoy himself as well.