Ridley Scott Voices Concern Over the Future of Cinema
Ridley Scott is relatively fresh off of The Martian, his most recent sci-fi hit, and his Alien prequel, Covenant, is set for release in just a few months. But his feelings toward the state of modern movie making are shaky at best, as the director admits he is "concerned" about its future.
He points directly at superhero films, which he is not at all fond of and which has seeped its entirety into the modern consciousness. He claims that these simply have "no story" to tell, while speaking to Digital Spy. Scott said that he had been asked in the past to direct superheroes movies, but he's always declined.
"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. 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!"
Ridley Scott is more entitled to his opinion on modern film than most, and is deservedly one of the great living filmmakers. While his sentiments on the blockbuster adoration for superheroes are warranted, it's also a steep claim to state that they have no story at all. The right vision, as with any concept, can see something come to life in beautiful and awe-inspiring ways on the big screen. Is Scott being a little narrow-minded in his approach?