Terry Gilliam Hates Superheroes

While most of the world is enjoying the superhero fever that has swept Hollywood over the last few years, there are a hand full of directors and producers who just can’t stand them and hope the fad fades out.

Ridley Scott said, “Superhero movies are not my kind of thing.” Alejandro G Iñárritu said, “They have been poison.” Clint Eastwood said, “I read comic books when I was a kid – I don’t read them now.” Now, Terry Gilliam has added a few words of his own.

During an interview with CineNando, the filmmaker was asked how his new film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, would fit into an industry dominated by superhero films:

“I hate superheroes. It’s bullshit. Come on, grow up! We’re not going to be teenagers for the rest of our lives. It’s great to dream of great powers. Superheroes are all about power. That’s what I don’t like about superheroes. They’ve gotta beat the other powerful superheroes. Come on, a bit of peace, love, and understanding is what we need.”

It might just be that the director is feeling underappreciated after The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and Olga Kurylenko, received mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. Variety called the film “a loud, belligerent, barely coherent mess”. Furthermore, the film was dropped by its original U.S. distributor Amazon Studios.

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  1. sam

    Robert Duvall wasn’t in the movie. It was Jonathan Pryce. And by the way, if you listen to Gilliam speak you’ll realize that he never says anything completely seriously, so your indignation doesn’t really apply

  2. Totally. What’s up with anyone over sixteen liking Superhero movies? Nerd culture has taken over. Compensating for not getting laid most likely. Preferring heroes in spandex with super powers over more realistic human stories. Goofy as hell.

    • Lemme carve out some time away from taking care of my three kids to listen to some random dude explain to me why I must not be having sex because I like superheroes.

    • the good industry writers now are writing super hero films because thats what the market demands. I dont think it has anything to do with superhero films being inherently good stories. Superhero films are incredibly formulaic, based off of comics that are mainly written for young people, that are full of flash and gloss, the type of eye candy the burned out 9-5 crowd craves.

  3. Yeah there’s a few sore people in Hollywood who don’t like Superhero movies because they’re soaking up the attention and money their shit movies aren’t making

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