After recently declaring that Hollywood’s superhero obsession was “cultural genocide,” it’s probably not a surprise that Alejandro González Iñárritu doesn’t have much interest in making a superhero movie. But with respect to his latest movie “Birdman,” the filmmaker did have to dip his toes into the genre, albeit in a sideways manner. With the story following an actor who had once played a superhero deciding to revitalize his career on Broadway, the film does feature one blockbuster-esque action sequence. But don’t think for a second Iñárritu has aspirations to do a full blown comic book film.
“I would do the fucking worst superhero movie. So depressing,” he told Indiewire. And it’s the process of doing setpieces that would drive him crazy.
‘I love it. I love it for it two minutes, not more. [Laughs] If I made 90 minutes of that, I would kill myself probably,” the director continued. “But, [the ‘Birdman’ sequence] was fun. My son helped me. The eagle. And the nonsense with it.”
So, in short, the filmmaker’s distaste for the material, not to mention the tediousness of shooting those kinds of movies, probably means we will never get Iñárritu’s take on Batman. But we won’t complain too much, particularly when his upcoming slate includes the period set thriller “The Revenant” starring Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio.