Ridley Scott, the director behind Gladiator, Blade Runner and Alien, says he won’t take on any superhero projects because he can’t buy into the fantasy.
In an interview with Digital Spy, the subject of superhero movies came up. Scott said despite being asked multiple times to direct one, he could never get behind a movie that he didn’t fully believe in himself.
“I can't believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero,” Scott said.
Remember, this is the same director that’s become known for movies about aliens and dangerous robots. Scott added that if he was going to do a superhero movie, like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it would have, “a fucking good story, as opposed to no story!”
Scott reiterated that he has no plans to take on a Thor or Superman project, but insisted that he wanted to continue making smart movies, like Prometheus, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and The Counsellor. He’s not the only director, however, who has vowed never to make a superhero movie ... again. Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet), Peter Berg (Hancock) and even Guillermo del Toro have said they have no plans to make any superhero movies going forward in their careers.
Scott’s next movie, Alien: Covenant, is a followup to Prometheus. The director has previously said it will answer questions about the xenomorphs that the sequels never resolved.
Alien: Covenant will be released on May 19, 2017.