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Ridley Scott Thinks Superhero Movies Are Pretty Dumb

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.




  • Darkness69

    I have to agree with him. The whole superhero infatuation is more than tiresome at this point.

    • Graham

      I agree. I’m looking forward to the eventual bust to follow the current boom.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Absolutely… But he better not bring up anything negative about The Dark Knight trilogy or so help me God there will be a celeb-murder. Way worse than normal murders.

    • Richter Belmont

      Damn straight! Bring on Legendary’s Kaijus and Universal’s Monster Universe and maybe it’ll force WB to make a Creature Commandoes and Justice League Dark films, and Disney could get to work on Nightstalkers and Tomb of Dracula movies.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      wrong, teh saturation is the fault of dissney by making bad movies with the mcu out of great characters

      • Chance LeBoeuf

        The only ones dishing out truly terrible films out of great characters as of late is WB/DC with their abysmal cinematic universe. But sure, the MCU is the bad one. They’ve only dominated the box office, and reaped mostly nothing but praise from critics and fans alike with nearly every release.

        Shoo. Go away.

      • Travis_Bickle

        Disney? The?

    • Daniel Kennard

      I genuinely enjoyed Doctor Strange, and to a lesser extent, Batman Vs Superman (the extended cut), but for the most part I’m growing really tired of the superhero genre

  • Mightygil

    I don’t think he’s being crusty at all. There are still some good films being released but none of them are in the top couple dozen movies in terms of grosses. It’s all remakes, superheros and generic CGI cartoons

  • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

    Like Prometheus is an intelligent movie… yeah… right…

    • Daniel Kennard

      When compared to movies like Thor 2 and Iron Man 3? Yes, it is

  • PsychoMantis18

    Get fucked Ridley – concerned about the future of filmmaking yet happily jumped from film to “3D AND DIGITAL!”

    • Blaming him from jumping from film to digital? You know he doesn’t control the industry and the vast majority of theaters are now fully digital? Blame theaters not him, fool.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Did I blame him, fool? Nope.

  • Kevin Maginnis

    Man currently creating the most unnecessary movie sequel is concerned for the future of movie-making.

    • Travis_Bickle

      *Standing Ovation*

    • Nahuel Benvenuto


  • Travis_Bickle

    They make one movie…to set up two more movies…..which sets up the larger group movies…ugg…over it

  • abyx34

    I just noticed if you turn upside-down the letter d in Ridley, you get Ripley.

    • Travis_Bickle

      *Mind Blown*

      • abyx34

  • REC03

    I mean coming from the guy who recently directed Prometheus and God of Egypt….way too easy.

    • A2VL

      He didnt direct Gods of Egypt he did the slightly less awful Exodus: Gods and Kings.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    he is wrong

  • Sounds like he’s not a fan of fun.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and really has no room to talk at all considering the really dumb movies he has under his belt.

    • Daniel Kennard

      Oh come on, really?! He’s directed movies like Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and The Martian. Whether you agree with his points regarding superhero movies or not, to call his repertoire dumb is pure hyperbole

      • Fredrik Johansen

        I actually despise Gladiator and really disliked The Martian. But I still agree with him that Superhero movies are really dumb.

      • Chance LeBoeuf

        I love films like Alien and Blade Runner, but he still made some dumb flicks and for the most part, continues to do so.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    I like Ridley Scott, but he needs to realise that not all of his movies have been great nor have they all had great stories so he comes off sounding a bit of a hypocrite.

  • YankyPanky

    Says the dude that makes movies about face hugging aliens. You could use half of the alien script and make a bad porno with it if you wanted.

  • ash

    Superhero movies are dumb

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