It's a tough call, of course. You've spent your whole life attempting to defy classification as a 'genre' filmmaker, despite your most critically lauded movies being very much #SciFi, and then suddenly you find yourself living in a world where superhero movies are king. Faced with the ascent of 'genre' to the very top of the box office pile, then, do you embrace your history of nerdily accomplished work - or make a play for 'elder statesman' status, and argue that you've been a 'serious' director all along?
Ridley Scott Really Doesn't Like The "Non-Reality" Of Superhero Movies
Indeed, as recently quoted by Digital Spy, it seems that Scott is very much against any movie that engages in superhero tropes, largely on the basis of them being inherently unrealistic. As he put it:
"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."
Which, of course, may seem a little unusual coming from a man perhaps most famous for having an alien jump out of someone's chest, and latterly renowned for his loose adherence to historical fact in the likes of #Gladiator and #RobinHood.
Scott, however, addresses this inconsistency, noting that:
"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!"
Which seems to suggest that a) Scott really, really didn't like #BatmanVSuperman, and that b) we probably shouldn't expect the upcoming #AlienCovenant to feature any such unrealistic things as long distance space journeys, murderous aliens or human-aping androids, since such things would surely be at risk of falling from the "thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation".
Or, alternatively, we absolutely will see those things in the movie, and Scott will have a cunningly formed explanation for how they're entirely plausible, despite a rich guy in a mask fighting crime being entirely ridiculous.
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