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?
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!