Quentin Tarantino says modern filmmakers can’t wait for the superhero genre to die
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Quentin Tarantino says modern-day filmmakers are waiting for the superhero genre to die.
While DC and Marvel have dominated the film industry (and not to mention the box office) over the last few years, don’t expect the legendary director to give his mark of approval any time soon.
Tarantino sat down with The Los Angeles Times to promote his new book, Cinema Speculation, when he admitted that filmmakers couldn’t ‘wait for the day’ when superhero movies will fail.
He added that the genre feels like a ‘chokehold’.
Tarantino also likened superhero films to 1960s studio ‘musical adaptations’, as directors rejoiced when the genre became unpopular among movie-goers.
He continued: “The writing’s not quite on the wall yet. The way it was in 1969 when it was, ‘Oh, my God, we just put a bunch of money into things that nobody gives a damn about anymore.’"
When asked why he hasn’t ever worked on a superhero flick, Tarantino said that he has no interest in dabbling into the genre as he is ‘not a hired hand’.
He added: “I’m not looking for a job.”
While the director doesn’t seem to understand the appeal of superhero movies, Tarantino revealed that he’s only ever walked out of two films in his life.
Surprisingly, neither of them were a DC or Marvel flick.
The Reservoir Dogs director revealed that when he went to see Bambi a child, he walked out shortly after Bambi's mother was shot and the forest fire began.
He said: “I think Bambi is well known for traumatising children. It’s a cliche, but it’s true.”
He added that the second film was Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left.
While the director is known for employing extreme violence in his films, even the 1972 revenge thriller proved to be too much for Tarantino.
He told the outlet: “Last House on the Left and Bambi are sitting on the f**king shelf right next to each other.
“Both take place in the woods. and both had me saying, ‘I gotta get out of here!’”
However, while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, the 59-year-old revealed that Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, The Exorcist, Annie Hall and Back to the Future were among his favourites.
I think it’s time for another movie binge.
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