Wait. Ellen Ripley *wasn’t* a superhero? Could’ve fooled me!
So Ridley Scott has a little movie coming out this coming May called Alien: Covenant, and naturally, he’s been doing a lot of press to promote that little movie. Scott is not one to mince words or avoid saying exactly what’s on his mind, and when Digital Spy just poked and prodded him about superhero movies, the visionary Oscar nominee held nothing back.
Why hasn’t he made a superhero movie? He’s just not a fan of capes and cowls.
Scott told the site:
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 fucking good story, as opposed to no story!
Furthermore, Scott added that “cinema mainly is pretty bad” at the moment, and that he’s concerned about the future of moviemaking as a whole. Oh and get off his lawn, will ya?!
Look. Ridley Scott has given us enough great cinema that he can pretty much say whatever the hell he wants at this point in time. I may not agree with his viewpoints, and you may not either. But Scott’s undying passion for the Alien franchise, if nothing more, makes him one of my favorite working filmmakers. So keep being you, Ridley. And keep doing the projects YOU want to do.
Now what the hell is a gossamer tight-rope.