Superhero movies are essentially the biggest box office draws at the moment. Each addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe results in insane amounts of money and the breaking of various records. However, directing comic book movies is not always the easiest job, and many filmmakers have done a superheroic flick before quickly announcing their retirement from the genre. This seems to be exactly what happened with The Green Hornet director Michel Gondry.
Michel Gondry recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter, where he detailed the reasoning behind his superhero avoidance.
It's hard to fall in love with the big movies, expensive movies, where you go on board and the script is already quite advanced. By this time, I feel that there is not enough room for me to be creative or to feel connected to the character and the story.
That sounds about right. While Michel Gondry is an impressive director who has done exciting film projects before, he doesn't want the pressure and red tape that comes with directing a big studio superhero movie.
Directing a superhero movie, like a chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe, is probably not the most creative process for a director. Rather than being able to shape the story with the writer and have a unique cinematic vision, the details for superhero movies can be predetermined before a director begins their work. This seems to be Michel Gondry's problem when directing The Green Hornet- the script was almost done when he began the directing process.
Later on in the story, Michel Gondry goes on to clarify that he'd be willing to do another big studio film, while still abstaining from the superhero genre. Gondry has done some cool projects, but they're generally independent films. Perhaps his most famous work besides The Green Hornet is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. If that movie is any indication of Michel Gondry's unique style of directing, it should be no surprise that the structured style of directing for superhero movies isn't his cup of tea.
The fairly moderate success of The Green Hornet is likely another contributing factor to Michel Gondry's disdain for the genre. Upon its 2011 release, The Green Hornet was met with mixed to negative critical response. The film currently holds at 43% at Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic has it at 39 out of 100. Financially, it fared far better, making $40 million in its opening weekend and ultimately raking in $227.8 million on a $120 million dollar budget.
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