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Martin Scorsese called out for slamming comic book movies but supporting Christopher Nolan

Martin Scorsese called out for slamming comic book movies but supporting Christopher Nolan

Everyone loves a superhero movie, apart from Martin Scorsese that is.

Everyone loves a superhero movie, apart from Martin Scorsese that is.

The legendary filmmaker has called for fans to ‘fight back’ against franchises and support the likes of Christopher Nolan to ‘save cinema’.

And it’s not the first time The Wolf of Wall Street director has criticized comic book adaptations either, with Scorsese being one of their biggest critics over the years.

During a notorious interview with Empire Magazine in 2019, the filmmaker claimed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) wasn’t real ‘cinema’.

And it seems his taste in film isn’t changing any time soon either, with the 80-year-old asking fans to take a stance against franchises – ironically much like the characters they see on the silver screen.

The veteran filmmaker has previously spoke out against superhero movies.
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During a new interview with GQ, he even siad that he was worried about younger generations who weren’t exposed to films beyond big franchises.

“The danger there is what it’s doing to our culture,” he told the magazine, adding: “Because there are going to be generations now that think movies are only those — that’s what movies are.”

With cinemas still struggling after COVID and industrial action, the veteran filmmaker then went on to argue that now was the time to ‘fight back’.

“[It] means that we have to then fight back stronger…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…. because we’ve got to save cinema.”

He then went onto to say that he thought 'manufactured content' wasn't cinema.

However, with millions of DC and Marvel fans across the globe though, many have criticized the Goodfellas director's comments - as well as reminding him of Nolan's back catalogue.

The director said that filmmakers like Christopher Nolan would save cinema.

For those that are unaware, the British director made the iconic The Dark Knight trilogy - which is arguably considered one of the biggest superhero franchises of all time.

Sharing a gif of the Batman flick, one fan wrote: “Who’s gonna tell him?”

They then added: “Marty is absolutely right, but there is just something funny about Nolan making the movies that helped get us in this situation in the first place.”

And someone else said: "Support Directors like Christopher Nolan…….Nolan is responsible for three of the most successful comic book movies ever made lol….."

Others agreed, saying: “Save cinema? Oppenheimer did great ... Barbie did great .... comic book films lately really have not been great and not making as much money prior.

"So what needs saving?”

Meanwhile, a third said that the director needed to accept that people’s favourite films may not be his own.

The tweet read: “People are going to like what they like, shouldn't stop you from making what you want. It's not always going to be popular.”

We guess someone won’t be seeing Superman Legacy when it’s released, eh?

UNILAD has reached out to Scorsese's reps for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Vera Anderson/WireImage / Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Topics: Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Film and TV, US News, DC Comics, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe