Jerry Bruckheimer Heaps Praises On Comic Book Movies – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Top Gun and Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer attributes the current success of theaters to films like Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says movie theaters need more comic book blockbusters.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bruckheimer weighed in on the ongoing debate about comic book movies, saying the genre brings the kind of high-quality entertainment like some of his biggest hits, which include franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Top Gun. "They’re wonderful. They entertain audiences and people love them," Bruckheimer said.
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"You saw that with Spider-Man: No Way Home during the pandemic," he continued. "They get a very young audience, and the theaters need it. But then [Top Gun: Maverick] came in and initially drew an older audience, but eventually, it got everybody. You don’t do [$700 million domestic, $1.5 billion global] and not get everybody. Top Gun rejuvenated the theatrical business, here and around the world. Our foreign grosses were bigger than our domestic grosses. It goes to show that when we tell stories about interesting characters with real cameras, real locations, you can captivate the world. It’s a very American movie, but it didn’t matter to audiences overseas because they fell in love with the characters."
Bruckheimer's views on comic book movies appear to contrast those of legendary director Martin Scorsese, who slammed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019, comparing them to "theme parks" rather than cinema. "Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks," Scorsese said at the time. "It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."
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Scorsese's comments generated a divisive reaction from MCU fans, and other filmmakers such as Paul Verhoeven and Quentin Tarantino weighed in as well. Verhoeven criticized the MCU and James Bond franchises for a lack of sex, while Tarantino stated that the characters in Marvel films are bigger stars than the actors playing them. "Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters," the director said. "But they're not movie stars. Right?"
Recently, Avatar: The Way of Water director James Cameron criticized Marvel and DC films for a lack of mature relationships between the characters. "When I look at these big, spectacular films — I'm looking at you, Marvel and DC — it doesn't matter how old the characters are, they all act like they're in college," he said. "They have relationships, but they really don’t. They never hang up their spurs because of their kids."
As for Bruckheimer, he is set to produce Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley starring Eddie Murphy, which is set to premiere on Netflix. He also recently discusses the status of the sixth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and whether or not Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. "Nothing's definitive yet, but we continue to take little baby steps getting towards a screenplay," he said.
Source: THR
André Joseph is a movie and television news writer at CBR. Based in New York City, he freelances as an independent filmmaker, teacher and blogger of all things pop culture. His interests include Marvel, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Robocop, wrestling, and a wide range of movies and TV shows.


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