Though Martin Scorsese is a legendary filmmaker, he has earned a reputation with modern audiences for having extreme dislike for comic book films—specifically ones focused on Marvel and DC properties. While some are taking his comments to heart, Marvel/DC director James Gunn thinks that Scorsese could be doing it for the clout.
Talking to Josh Horowitz for the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Gunn talks about Scorsese’s takes on Marvel, and how he thinks it’s ‘awful cynical’ that Scorsese’s press for films end up getting focused on his takes on the comic book movies.
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) August 4, 2021
“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… 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.”
For now, headlines are making it out like a director vs. director situation, but Gunn has clarified on his Twitter that he has nothing but appreciation for Scorsese and even agrees on several things that he said. Gunn posts:
Also for the record, Martin Scorsese is probably the world’s greatest living American filmmaker. I love & study his films & will continue to love & study his films. I disagree with him solely on one point: That films based on comic books are innately not cinema, that’s all. 🙏 https://t.co/By9IBe8HAm
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 4, 2021
We don’t know when people will stop reacting to Scorsese’s comments on Marvel films, but while they’re still making headlines, I’m sure we won’t hear the end of them.
For now, check out Gunn’s The Suicide Squad now available in theaters and on HBO Max.