Ridley Scott is one of our greatest living directors. The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Black Rain, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, The Martian, American Gangster. It’s one hell of a filmography. Even when they don’t quite hit the spot (Kingdom Of Heaven, Body Of Lies, Robin Hood) they still look spectacular and there is a lot to like. We are big fans at Last Movie Outpost.

Ridley Scott also comes across as epically grumpy. Not in a nasty way. Just in that wonderful way that many people do when they reach their later years and have a lot of miles on the clock, and a wealth of experience under their belts. When they just don’t have time for any of your shit.

With The Last Duel and House Of Gucci being released within two months of each other, he’s out on the road promoting, giving us a chance to hear his blunt take on one of modern cinema’s current phenomenons – the superhero movie.

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In an extensive interview with Deadline Scott added his voice to directors like Martin Scorsese and Denis Villeneuve to pour scorn on the genre:

“Almost always, 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 f***ing crush it. They’re f***ing boring as sh**. Their scripts are not any f***ing good. I think I’ve done three great scripted superhero movies.

One would be Alien with Sigourney Weaver. One would be fucking Gladiator, and one would be Harrison Ford…They’re superhero movies.

So, why don’t the superhero movies have better stories? Sorry. I got off the rail, but I mean, c’mon. They’re mostly saved by special effects, and that’s becoming boring for everyone who works with special effects, if you’ve got the money.”

So don’t expect Ridley Scott behind the lens of Man Of Steel 2 then? Superhero movies are a key driving force in getting audiences back into theaters right now post COVID. While the MCU may be faltering in quality and engagement without its “Big Three” anchoring the phases, but it isn’t showing signs of going anywhere, with Fantastic Four and X-Men still to enter the fray.

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