Tim Burton is doing the rounds for his upcoming period drama “Big Eyes,” which features no creatures, Johnny Deep or gothic overtones. It’s a tonal shift for the filmmaker, released during a holiday season generally filled will blockbuster movies or family fare. But then again, Burton has always been a bit out of step, going all the way back to “Batman,” a comic book movie which at the time was seen as a risk. And looking at today’s climate, Burton thinks it’s gotten a bit out of hand and stale.
“Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working,” Burton told Yahoo Movies. “But how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”
Later in the same interview, he added “you think we need more superhero movies? It keeps on going. It’s amazing how long it’s been going for and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. Some day people will get sick of it.”
While Burton might come off being perhaps out of touch, he does have a point. Hollywood is getting ready to slam audiences with 32 comic book movies across the next five years. It’s a staggering number by any degree, and even Marvel‘s success can’t hold out forever without changing the game. And who knows, maybe they will. But here’s an idea of what’s coming (via Grantland):
But does the world really need another “Beetlejuice“? Perhaps that’s a question Burton should be asking himself as a sequel to his quirky 1988 film continues to roll, and it looks like Lydia will be back. “Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah,” he eloquently stated to MTV when asked if Winona Ryder would return.
As for Michael Keaton, Burton was bit more hesitant. “It’s a character that I love and I miss, and I miss actually working with Michael”, Burton said. “There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever, and I’d love to work with him again.”
Burton’s next film is “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” which shoots next year, so “Beetlejuice 2” is still a heckuva way off anyway.
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