John Landis, director of movie classics like An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America and Twilight Zone: The Movie spoke recently to Entertainment.IE on his thoughts on the idea of a shared universe dominating the box office and Wonder Woman.
ON WONDER WOMAN & ACTRESS GAL GADOT
I saw Wonder Woman last night, actually! Have you seen it? I thought it was good, I really liked her – she (Gal Gadot) was wonderful, really charming and beautiful. She really sold it. I was very impressed with the girl – the woman!
ON THE IDEA OF SHARED UNIVERSES
First of all, it’s not a new idea.
If you remember with Universal back in the ’40s, once they made all their classics, they started cross-pollinating. House of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf-Man – you know what they used to call those? Monster rallies! (laugh) And then of course, one of the great ironies is what was considered… OK – it’s over now!… was Abbot & Costello Meets Frankenstein, which is actually a very funny movie and very respectful of the monsters. I think, y’know, maybe that’s one of the problems with Universal’s Dark Universe is that it isn’t respectful of the monsters.
I’m just… truthfully, I’m bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now. All the superhero movies tend to be interchangeable, you always have these mass destruction of cities and huge computer-generated extravaganzas to the point where you could take a reel from any of the Marvel superhero movies and put it any of the others and nobody would notice. They’re very well-made, it’s just they’re the same thing over and over again. But, I don’t know, people are showing up. One of the reasons Wonder Woman has been received so well by the critics is that it doesn’t destroy cities! (laughs) Even the superhero stuff is on a very human scale, it’s the gods! We’re not seeing skyscrapers tumbling! (laughs)
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