While many filmmakers like Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn are waiting for the opportunity to work on a superhero movie, there are some others who aren’t fans of the genre. David Mackenzie, director of Perfect Sense, Starred Up, and the recently released Hell or High Water, belongs to the latter group.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the Scottish director is asked about how he would react if he were to get a call from Marvel Studios, as they seem to be interested in working with talented but not-so-popular directors. In response, Mackenzie makes it clear that one should never expect him to helm a superhero movie!
He reveals that he has been tired of the genre for quite a while and is hoping for the general audience to turn their backs, too. Here’s what he says:
I can’t f*cking bear superheroes, so I won’t be doing one of those. I look forward to the day when the general public get tired of these things – I’ve been tired of them for a long time.
Of course, David Mackenzie isn’t the first director to have publicly bashed superhero movies. Roland Emmerich, director of Independence Day and its sequel, said in an interview earlier this year that he finds superheroes “silly”.
More recently, Academy Award winning actor/director Mel Gibson insisted that he isn’t interested in making a movie in this genre, as he thinks “real superheroes don’t wear spandex”! He also termed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice “a piece of shit”!
But while others are happy to not be involved in a superhero project, it doesn’t seem like Mackenzie will be content before the genre dies. But I don’t think his dream is coming true anytime soon! The general audience doesn’t seem to mind spending bucks to watch even critically panned superhero movies like Suicide Squad.