long before superhero films were a billion-dollar industry, taken seriously by every film business on the planet, Richard Donner made the very first two that gathered genuine creative praise: Superman as well as Superman II. These films both had one goal: Make the audience believe a guy can fly—and they did. Flash ahead to 2008, as well as the entire decade leading as much as it, many superhero films were grim as well as gritty, or dark as well as serious. Batman Begins, X2: X-Men United, Spider-Man 3…over the decade even cheerful films had dark follow-ups. as well as Donner seems to believe that’s exactly how they still are.
How numerous recent Superhero films has Richard Donner Seen?
most likely not this one. (Image: guy of Steel, Warner Bros)
Now, in 2020, we’ve struck a balance, however one that leans much more to Donner’s era. question Woman, Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange…these are all much better to Donner’s films than they are to the Dark Knight. In truth in Comic Years’ spoiler-free evaluation of question lady 1984, Joshua Patton composed the film felt like Donner’s movies. (I didn’t get that feeling.)
Yet in a recent interview, he complained about exactly how dark superhero films are today. He did praise question lady in his interview with The Telegraph, comparing it to his Superman films. He likewise responded to Martin Scorsese’s criticism of marvel Studios‘ movies, saying:
“Well, I’d like to be able to make one of those style park rides!…The issue is, a great deal of times, we see in our market that when the technical lens becomes easily available, it’s completely misused. however at the exact same time, every when in a while you truly see rather a fantastic story with one of these films.”
So, he has at least seen sufficient to rebuttal Scorsese however it’s his comments about Zack Snyder that are truly strange.
Who Made that Other, Dark as well as Gritty, Superman Movie? Donner Doesn’t Know
The What as well as the who cut? (Image: HBO Max)
Though guy of Steel took the Dark Knight formula to Superman, there were still elements of that film that echoed back to Donner’s Superman. There was joy, wonder, as well as even flashes of Christopher Reeves. however if you ask Richard Donner about director Zack Snyder’s superhero movies, you’ll get a one-word answer: Who? Snyder had a similar experience to the one Donner had. towards the end of Justice League’s production, Warner Bros terminated Snyder as well as brought in Joss Whedon. Whedon reshot many of it as well as turned it into a disaster. during Superman II, Richard Donner experienced the exact same thing—especially having a less-capable director replacing him (at least for the vision he had). Also, years after Superman II‘s release, Warner Bros. brought Donner back to release his directors’ cuts of his films. who knows? If Donner ever figures out who Snyder is, he may discover they have much more in typical than he expects.
So, though Donner declares he has no concept who Snyder is, he states he’s pleased for him because he is now making the Justice league film he wished to make.
(Featured Image: Warner Bros…maybe proving his point)
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