Filmmaker Noah Hawley is an interesting dude. If Fargo isn’t enough to convince you of that, I highly recommend you check out the FX series Legion, which is a very odd and unique take on the superhero genre. Rather than create something that’s more traditional (like its Fox counterpart The Gifted), it goes for something that’s almost Kubrickian in nature with its visuals and its style, and it makes for a series unlike anything else out there.
It’s because of Legion that my ears started to perk up when his name was thrown in the hat for a Doctor Doom movie. These talks began before Fox was a part of Disney, and was one of the countless other superhero movies in development at the studio prior to its being absorbed into the House of Mouse. With all those characters heading to the MCU, it would be a valid assumption to think it was dead…but apparently, it’s not.
Speaking with THR, Hawley discussed his interest in X-Men as well the superhero genre, and in the middle of it, he tosses them a throwaway update on Doctor Doom.
“What was interesting to me originally about the X-Men universe is these are movies that started in a concentration camp. They are clearly concerned with the true nature of human evil. It’s not just some cosmic force bringing about the end of the world. That’s what was always interesting to me here. Let’s explore through this genre the every day evils we do to each other, the ways we hurt each other and take each other for granted. There are different stories and characters who will bring about other themes. I wrote a script about Doctor Doom, an antihero story I really like, and we’re still talking about making it. I’m trying to get out from under this movie I made and this last season of Legion, and Fargo is coming back up… but for better or worse, these are the stories we want to hear right now. I think you can bury your head in the sand and say, ‘That’s unfortunate for our culture because they’re simplistic.’ Some people say that. I don’t look at it that way. I think they are morality tales on a larger scale, and it’s better to be part of the conversation than pretend the conversation isn’t happening.”
I have to respect what this guy is saying here. It may be a bit rambly in nature, but I love that he’s defending the genre as a whole, almost chastising those who think superhero movies are simplistic or lesser than, and showing the opportunity for interesting stories that anyone can relate to. Hell, even if he doesn’t do a Doctor Doom movie (and I seriously don’t see this happening), I’d like to see his overall take on a big-budget franchise movie.
If nothing else, he’ll take it deathly seriously.
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