Martin Scorsese on Marvel Films: "That's Not Cinema"
James Gunn has since fired back
In an interview with Empire, the director held nothing back about his disdain for superhero movies.
"I don't see them. I tried, you know? But that's not cinema," Scorsese told Empire [via Screen Rant]. "Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."
UPDATE (10/4, 1:50 p.m. EDT): Guardians of the Galaxy and upcoming Suicide Squad sequel filmmaker James Gunn has responded to Scorsese's comments in a series of tweets, saying that he's "saddened" that Scorsese is judging his films and compared his actions to that of "people [who] picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film." See the full thread below.
UPDATE (10/8 11:58 a.m. EDT): Robert Downey Jr. has also responded to Scorsese's comments while on air at The Howard Stern Show, saying the director's claims make "no sense."
This probably means Scorsese won't have any interest in seeing the upcoming Marvel/Sony Spider-Man flick either.
Scorsese is best known for his directorial and production credits on world-renowned films like Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, The Last Waltz and his latest film The Irishman.
Read Exclaim!'s newly published The Irishman review.
Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I'm saddened that he's now judging my films in the same way. https://t.co/hzHp8x4Aj8— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
That said, I will always love Scorsese, be grateful for his contribution to cinema, and can't wait to see The Irishman.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
For those tweeting me I'm somehow saying zealots picketing Last Temptation is the same as Scorsese judging my films, I'm not. What outraged me about the picketers at the time of Last Temptation is NOT that they thought the film was blasphemous. Nor that they were picketing.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019
Doing those thing are within their rights. What bothered me was that 99% of them were doing it without having seen the movie.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 4, 2019