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Superhero movies are still the hot ticket item at Hollywood, and one would think that there are plenty of directors who would love to get their hand on any one of these properties. Marvel tends to make superstars out of lesser-known directors, while DC claims to be more filmmaker-driven in its approach. Both companies offer their own advantages, but Tyler Perry is not very interested in getting into the superhero business. The director-producer-actor would rather just do his own thing than work within a larger system where you have less control.
I've had a couple conversations, but I would always say, 'I'm not the guy to do this'. I'm not the guy that can bring this vision to life cause it takes such a village to pull it together, and I'm not a guy that can work with fifty other directors and producers telling you what to do, how to do it, when to do it. That doesn't work for me. I saw that in a couple of the sci-fi movies that I've been a part of and I think, 'Uhh, I'm not doing that.'
While he didn't disclose the specifics of who approached him and for what, Tyler Perry has been courted to direct a superhero movie at least a few times. Perry told ScreenRant that he ultimately turned down each offer, admitting that he was just never the right fit for a big budget sci-fi movie. Superhero movies tend to involve lots of moving parts and lots of different people in charge. Perry would rather stick to the indie system where he is in full control of his project, and he isn't subject to the whim of others.
Hey, you know what? Respect. The man knows what he wants and what he doesn't want, and he's sticking to it. Tyler Perry, perhaps best known for his Madea series of films in which he plays a no-nonsense grandmother character, holds many job titles in his movies. He's a director, actor, writer, and producer, and he's likely used to having more control on any given project than he would if he signed on to a superhero movie.
Tyler Perry has found lots of success operating on smaller projects. He's known for films that are usually panned by critics, but still draw in a massive audience. His film, Boo! A Madea Halloween is rated 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the movie was a bonafide hit, grossing $73.2 million domestically on a $20 million budget. The sequel, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, opened this weekend to even worse reviews (just 10% on Rotten Tomatoes) but is poised to open No. 1 with an estimated $21 million. Speaking from a financial standpoint, Perry knows how to deliver a hit.
Tyler Perry may not be directed a superhero movie in the future, but you can see the filmmaker in his latest movie, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, out this weekend.