Source: Richard Moorhead
Famed film director Ridley Scott has criticized Hollywood’s obsession with endlessly releasing superhero movies, describing endless Batman movies as “boring as s***.” Scott was speaking in an interview with Deadline.
“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****** crush it. They’re f****** boring as s***.” Scott described the scripts of superhero movies as “not any good.”
Scott is primarily known for directing two of the most significant science fiction movies of all time, 1979’s Alien and 1982’s Blade Runner. Scott also directed 2000’s Gladiator, one of several films arising to widespread cultural prominence.
The phenomenon Scott is alluding to isn’t exclusively limited to movies, either. Music theorists have observed and documented that the most popular music increasingly utilizes the same set of simple melodies and rhythms, contrasting with music released in the ’70s and ’80s which featured far greater musical diversity than modern-day music injected with commercialism.
Right-leaning cultural critics have pointed to a torrent of Marvel and Batman superhero movies as evidence of declining anthropological knowledge among western and American consumers. It’s harder to make commercially successful films inspired by ancient civilizations and world religions if the audience has little to no grasp of these concepts. What artists have identified as a declining public attention span also appears to play a role in the replacement of more complicated films with superhero movies.
Denis Villeneuve, the director of the new screen adaption of Dune, has also criticized superhero movies, calling endless Marvel movies “theme parks” and claiming the films are turning audiences into “zombies.”
As western culture emphasizes “diversity” more than ever, diversity of expression and thought seems to be a consequence, with cultural creators limited to a narrow set of characters and ideas, often utilizing intellectual property created by someone else decades ago.