Ridley Scott is a great film director, responsible for making some absolute classics. Some of his most notable projects include Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and The Martian. He will also be returning to the Alien franchise in 2017, directing the upcoming Alien: Covenant. But in a world filled with superhero movies and comic book adaptations, Scott says don’t expect him to start churning out those kinds of stories.
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’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!
So basically, the guy who did Alien and Blade Runner thinks that superhero movies are too unrealistic. Gotcha. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with preferring to do your own thing and not following the latest Hollywood trend. Scott has been directing movies for close to 40 years at this point, so he’s earned the right to pick and choose his own projects.
Scott also added that “cinema mainly is pretty bad” right now.
“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.”
When you consider that two universally panned superhero movies — Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad — were in the top 10 of the highest grossing films for 2016, we can understand where Scott is coming from when he says movies are bad.