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Why Ridley Scott Never Directed a Superhero Film

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Director Ridley Scott is no stranger to iconic science fiction franchises and epics, but one genre he’s never really tackled is the comic book/superhero film.

Scott, who’s promoting his latest in the Alien: Covenant, a film to tie Prometheus and Alien, spoke about his position on the genre.

[blockquote]”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.  [I want to] keep making smart films.”
Scott claims his work in Blade Runner already fits the bill of a comic book and took a dig at Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the process.

[blockquote]”I’ve done that kind of movie – Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, 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! I want to keep doing cinema and I hope [the popularity of superhero films] doesn’t affect those of us who still keep making smart films.  I’m hoping it doesn’t affect me.”
Do you agree with Scott? Do you think there’s a superhero film either in DCEU or Marvel Cinematic Universe he would reconsider his stance?

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Source: Comic Book Movie

Tom Chang
Sci-fi and technology geek since the NES days, Tom loves everything from the cult classics, the contemporary hits to the beast with two backs that is Disney and Marvel. His life's mission is to be the ultimate nerd savant sitting on the iron throne as CEO of Skynet while masquerading as a vigilante at night wearing hockey pads.


  1. Prometheus and Exodus: Gods and Kings were both duds, but they made money. Perhaps he’ll go back to what worked in then Alien franchise with Covenant.

    Maybe instead of complaining about it, he should challenge himself. You know what they say, “Don’t knock it until you tried it.”

  2. I agree with him about BVS but c’mon he isnt immune to making a bad movie. Did he forget he made prometheus? That movie has one of the worst screenplays ever. How “smart” was that piece of steaming shit Ridley?

    • Prometheus was Scott’s example of trying too hard. Also Exodus:Gods and Kings was another recent stinker.

      He’s still capable of doing great things. He’s mastered space epics with Alien and The Martian.

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