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Christopher Nolan hits back at Martin Scorsese's complaints about superhero movies

Stewart Perrie

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Christopher Nolan hits back at Martin Scorsese's complaints about superhero movies

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Christopher Nolan has addressed Martin Scorsese's problem with superheroes in the movie industry.

The Killers of the Flower Moon director hasn't been shy in attacking Hollywood's obsession with adapting comic book characters into mega film blockbusters.

It's no surprise that we've been given dozens of Marvel and DC films over the last few years considering how much money they make at the box office.

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However, Scorsese is worried that these stories are being prioritized over producing original content like Oppenheimer or Barbie.

The veteran filmmaker has had enough of superhero movies. Credit: Getty/Roberto Serra - Iguana Press
The veteran filmmaker has had enough of superhero movies. Credit: Getty/Roberto Serra - Iguana Press

In a recent interview, the legendary filmmaker said we need to 'save cinema' from superheroes, sequels, reboots and franchises.

“The danger there is what it’s doing to our culture," he told GQ.

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"Because there are going to be generations now that think movies are only those—that’s what movies are.”

He added: "We have to then fight back stronger. And it’s got to come from the grassroots level. It’s gotta come from the filmmakers themselves.

"And you’ll have, you know, the Safdie brothers, and you’ll have Chris Nolan, you know what I mean?

"And hit ’em from all sides. Hit ’em from all sides, and don’t give up. Let’s see what you got. Go out there and do it. Go reinvent."

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Nolan got a mention for his critically acclaimed Oppenheimer film, as well as his other big hitters like Interstellar, Inception and Tenet.

However, it's worth noting that Nolan was also in charge of The Dark Knight films and produced one of the best superhero trilogies in history.

Credit: Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic
Credit: Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic

He's now spoken out on Scorsese's problem and believes there's definitely room for both original content and superhero movies.

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"There's always a balance in Hollywood between established titles that can assure a return in audience and give people more of what they want, that's always been a big part of the economics of Hollywood," he told AP.

"And it pays for lots of other types of films to be made and distributed.

"But there also always needs to be respect for the audience's desire for something new...that's one of the big thrills of going to the movies is, frankly, seeing a trailer for a movie you've never heard of...a type of movie you haven't seen.

"A healthy ecosystem in Hollywood is about a balance between the two things and always has been."

Topics: Film & TV, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese

Stewart Perrie
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