Almost two years have passed since those comments by Martin Scorsese dedicated to superhero movies in general and Marvel Studios in particular blew up. These same comments have been unearthed again by James Gunn, precisely one of the visible authors of recent superhero cinema thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Missouri-born filmmaker is currently promoting his new movie, The Suicide Squad which, although does not belong to Marvel but to DC, continues in his bid to give a spin to the superhero genre. That is precisely why Gunn has no reservations about answering, a long time later, to what Scorsese said about superhero movies being “not cinema” when he was in turn promoting The Irishman.
“I just think it seems awful cynical that he would keep coming out against Marvel and then that is the only thing that would get him press for his movie,” Gunn points out on podcast Happy Sad Confused. “So he just kept coming out against Marvel so that he could get press for his movie. He’s creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel films, and so he uses that to get attention for something he wasn’t getting as much attention as he wanted for it,” the director of Super argues.
Gunn, who doesn’t hide that superhero movies currently live in a certain privilege and recycling, also has words of admiration for the director of Goodfellas despite his comments. “He’s one of the greatest filmmakers who ever existed,” Gunn clarifies. “I love his movies. I can watch his movies with no problem, and he said a lot of things that I agree with. There are a lot of things that are true about what he said.”
Actually, Gunn only seems bothered by the fact that his beloved director’s comments came out without ever having seen any of his movies. With or without controversy, good old Scorsese will have a golden opportunity starting this Friday, August 6, to see the kind of cinema that Gunns defends with The Suicide Squad.
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) August 4, 2021