Ridley Scott States Why He Won’t Helm Comic Book Movies. Legendary director Ridley Scott’s recent interview with IGN revealed some heartbreaking news for comic book fans. When asked about his interest in exploring the superhero or comic book genre Scott was quoted as saying, “I’ve had a lot of opportunities and I tend not to do that.” “They’re the hardest single thing to write. Taking a comic strip character is very hard to write. Because comics are meant to work in one page, to work in frames with minimalistic dialogue. And a lot of it is left to the imagination of the reader. To do that in film you’ve got to be a little more explanatory. And that requires a good screenplay and good dialogue.”
It is disheartening to hear that Scott currently has no intention of throwing his hat into the ring of the rapidly expanding comic book movie genre. Scott’s revolutionary work on the classic films Alien and Blade Runner have influenced film, television, videogames and comics for 30 years and I’m fascinated to see if he is still capable of redefining genres.
Although I agree with Scott when he states that comic books are an inherently visual medium, I cannot get behind his reasoning that comic book movies are harder to write. Whether taken from a comic book or a Dicken’s novel, movie scripts are often translations and not literal recreations of the source material. Capturing the spirit of a character like The Flash is no more difficult than capturing the spirit of the ride Pirates Of The Caribbean and putting it on film. To make matters even easier, iconic characters such as Batman and Wonder Woman have been around for almost a century and there is more than sufficient material to pull from in order to have them depicted on screen as fully fleshed out characters.
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