Why Ron Howard Never Wanted To Direct A Comic Book Movie


Ron Howard On Set

It’s easy to forget nowadays with the abundant amount of talent attached to today’s modern comic book movies, but there was indeed a time when it was quite difficult to find capable filmmakers to produce these films. Perhaps, the filmmakers felt that comic book movies were simply for kids and if they dared make one, it would damage their career as a “serious” director.

Thankfully, those days are over. Acclaimed directors no longer have to feel ashamed to make such a film. Maybe one day we’ll see a Martin Scorsese comic book movie? Perhaps. Oh, how about a Ron Howard comic book movie? Well, that’s probably less likely.

Howard recently stopped by the Happy Sad Confused podcast. When the subject of why he hasn’t directed a comic book movie came up, he had this to say:

I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have to be all the way in. I was never a comic book guy. I like the movies when I see them, especially the origin stories. I never felt like I could be on the set, at 3 o’clock in the morning, tired, with 10 important decisions to make, and know, intuitively, what the story needs. For me, I’d be copycatting and not inventing. I’ve never said yes to one.

Hollywood’s love affair with comic books took decades to come to fruition, but today there are few more sought after properties than superheroes in modern day cinema. For fans, it’s a glorious time. No longer are these movies viewed as nothing more than overblown toy commercials, or as something that should be viciously tampered with to the point that it becomes unrecognizable.

Howard, in many ways, would seem like an ideal canadite to bring a superhero to the big-screen. But, it’s true, if his heart isn’t in it then he probably shouldn’t attempt such a thing. You have to respect a bloke that knows when to say “no”. Anyway, we’re still waiting for him to make a Willow 2. Make it happen Ron!

[via Cinema Blend]

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