you go,” wrote Tom Shone in 2004, “you will meet filmmakers who will cheerfully
opine that there are way too many comic book adaptations/sequels/merchandising
cash-ins before turning back to their mixing desks to put the finishing touches
to Daredevil II: Double Dare or whatever else it is they are working on.”
Plus ca change plus ca meme chose, because over a decade later the
only thing that has changed is the sheer volume of superhero movies being made
and the number of filmmakers who express their distaste for them. So while DC
develops its shared universe with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Steven
Spielberg predicts the genre will eventually go the way of the western, despite
the movie’s $872 million box office haul.
Schumacher to Josh Trank, directors of superhero movies have poured scorn on
their own films when the results failed to enthuse audiences, but far more
insightful are the thoughts of directors who wouldn’t touch a comic book
property for all the gold in Fort Knox. After all, doesn't everyone want a piece of a good thing?
Whatever their motivations, here are eight people with no ambition to be the next Zack Snyder.