Ridley Scott Calls Superhero Films "Boring as Sh**" with Bad Scripts

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Our favorite filmmakers are back to criticizing superhero movies.

Just like Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott isn’t shy about declaring his disdain for the superhero genre.

Great minds think alike, right? Scott says there is a simple problem with the entire genre that could easily be fixed if filmmakers just opted out of traditional storytelling.  

In a recent interview with Deadline that has since drawn the ire of MCU fans and comic book movie lovers on social media, Scott said, “The best films are driven by the characters, and we’ll come to superheroes after this if you want because I’ll crush it. I’ll fucking crush it. They’re fucking boring as shit. [Superhero movie] scripts are not any fucking good.” 

Scott believes that he stands above the rest with his own three great scripted superhero movies.

“One would be Alien with Sigourney Weaver. One would be fucking Gladiator, and one would be Harrison Ford [in Blade Runner]. They’re superhero movies. So, why don’t superhero movies have better stories?” 

After watching MCU’s Eternals, I think I would have to agree with Scott. The characters felt half-baked, leaving more wondering questions about who they are rather than focusing on what they are doing. The crowded cast didn’t help the fact that these superheroes were lacking character development, but this notion of stories not being led by characters but by events has been a problem in the superhero genre since the 1984 Supergirl.

After a short apology, Scott added, “[Superhero movies] are mostly saved by special effects, and that’s becoming boring for everyone who works with special effects if you’ve got the money.” 

Scott is no stranger to sharing his thoughts on present-day Hollywood. The director made headlines in October for dissing FX’s upcoming television adaption of his Alien film franchise. Leading the new series is Fargo and Legion showrunner, Noah Hawley. Scott’s beloved protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is not involved in the new story. 

“Wherever [the series goes], whatever they do, it’ll never be as good as the first one,” Scott said to The Independent with a grin. “That’s what I’ll say.” 

While Scott has directed two films this year, The Last Duel and the upcoming House of Gucci, the director is set to film Kitbag, a Napoleon epic starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jodie Comer, and a sequel to Gladiator. There is a possibility Scott will declare Kitbag and his sequel to Gladiator as two more epic superhero films that aren’t plagued by a shitty script. 

Don’t expect any traditional superhero movies out of the filmmaking legend. Instead, try being like him, and focus on building scripts around characters and their relationships with one another. Don’t let the world dictate who your hero is and how they have to react in the story.

Do you agree with Scott's criticism of the superhero genre? Let us know in the comments what you think!     

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In Ridley we trust!
Dune by Villeneuve looks more epic and more like graphic novel compared to MCU visually.

November 15, 2021 at 11:30PM

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Regis.U
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Superhero movies are boring, yes. Eye candy fantasies with paper thin plots and flat characters. I’ve seen some, where entertaining and frankly, don’t remember any neither don’t care to. None will get to best movies list. Besides they have so many digital vfx- and so fake- that you start to hate digital vfx! Right now there is a list of new superhero movies that in spite of big actors in and publicity, I’ll not see. On the contrary, Dune has been a good surprise! With the current technology, there is a ton of sci-fi classics that can be made into spectacular movies (without hyper muscle guys with tight suits capes and masks nor silly villains). Hollywood, what are you waiting for?

November 16, 2021 at 1:19AM

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Javier Diez
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Great words.

November 19, 2021 at 5:39AM

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Jesse J. Tripp
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100% spot on!!!

November 16, 2021 at 3:35PM

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Paolo Mugnaini
Director/DP/Editor
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Well, it just goes to show you how lame and lazy the audiences for these Marvel flicks are. For God's sake..."Don't ask met to think about the characters and the story, just blast me with your special effects. My short attention span can't handle more than that!" Unfortunately, Hollywood does what it does best...pander to the uneducated masses while it keeps churning out mindless drivel. I'm with you, Ridley. Thanks for having the balls to tell it like it is.

November 17, 2021 at 7:44AM

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Lee Albright
Owner-Albright Films
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Said Ridley Scott while releasing piece of a pure garbage Alient:Covenant which absolutely deeply sucked at a script level. Why didn't it have a better story, Ridley?

Although I do agree that way too many superhero or even blockbuster movies (last 007 No time to die, for example) have really poor screenplays. This just baffles me: how could anyone put $150-200M in something that even, quite literally, on paper doesn't make sense or just feels like shit.

November 23, 2021 at 1:31PM

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Frytech
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