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Ridley Scott Says Superhero Movies Are 'Boring As S**t'


Ridley Scott Says Superhero Movies Are 'Boring As S**t'

It turns out Ridley Scott is not a huge fan of superhero flicks, calling them 'boring as s**t' - don't hold back, mate.

The legendary director has blasted superhero movies, and reckons the genre is often 'saved by special effects'.

Speaking to Deadline, Scott said: "Almost always, the best films are driven by the characters, and we'll come to superheroes after this if you want, because I'll crush it. I'll f***ing crush it. They're f***ing boring as s**t.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"Their scripts are not any f***ing good. I think I've done three great scripted superhero movies.

"One would be Alien with Sigourney Weaver. One would be f***ing Gladiator, and one would be Harrison Ford [Blade Runner].

"They're superhero movies. So, why don't the superhero movies have better stories?

"Sorry. I got off the rail, but I mean, come on. They're mostly saved by special effects, and that's becoming boring for everyone who works with special effects, if you've got the money."


Scott isn't the only filmmaker to express a distaste for the superhero genre - back in 2019 Martin Scorsese said they're 'not cinema' and compared them to theme parks.

He told Empire: "I don't see them. I tried, you know? But that's not cinema.

"Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."

He later backtracked slightly, writing in the New York Times: "Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry. You can see it on the screen.

"The fact that the films themselves don't interest me is a matter of personal taste and temperament. I know that if I were younger, if I'd come of age at a later time, I might have been excited by these pictures and maybe even wanted to make one myself.

"But I grew up when I did and I developed a sense of movies - of what they were and what they could be - that was as far from the Marvel universe as we on Earth are from Alpha Centauri."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: TV and Film

Claire Reid
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