– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Nowadays, we tend to have the same question for many filmmakers: “would you ever do a superhero movie?”

It’s a fair question. After all, the industry’s bread and butter is franchises, and among those, superhero films reign supreme. Plus, we can’t help but love the idea of seeing truly talented filmmakers have their way with superheroes. It worked out great for Christopher Nolan, so who’s to say it won’t work out for many other filmmakers?

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One such filmmaker is Denis Villeneuve, the man behind such films as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. While on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Villeneuve (who was rumored as a potential contender for The Batman back in 2016) was asked that very question. This response was a resounding no:

“No, because I’m not from that culture. I’m French-Canadian which means that my culture is European. I was influenced by authors from France and Belgium, and Europeans are graphic novelists.”

“Honestly, I know very little about… Most of them, I don’t know their name. I know sometimes I don’t know, so it means I’m not the right person to do them. To do those movies you need to love those characters and I’m a stranger.”

The man has a great point. In decades past, studios gave superhero films to directors who knew nothing of the source material, and by and large, they didn’t turn out too hot. It’s nice to see when a filmmaker knows their limits and weaknesses, and we’d hate for the industry to press their strategies on filmmakers who are bad fits.

What do you think of Villeneuve’s comments? Would you ever like him to direct a comic book film? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Happy Sad Confused (via CBM)

  • noahwayne0

    Makes sense. I think comic book movies are played out anyway. They’re not interesting or special events anymore. Villeneuve should stick to more interesting stories.

  • Chris Orme

    We need more directors that keep the superhero genre fresh by approaching it from a different perspective (Not just the Good guy vs Bad Guy – Hero Circle plot).
    Like Winter Soldier leaning toward being a political thriller and the New Mutants being presented as a horror movie, having a Batman movie presented as a crime drama or mystery thriller might be a fun approach.
    However, my opinion on Denis (as far as sci-fi goes) is very low and I hope he stays away from my super hero movies.

  • 5_deadly_venoms

    Good because after seeing his last 2 movies i’d wind up falling asleep from boredom

  • That was a lowkey high falutin answer but I respect where he’s coming from

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.