George Miller comments on modern superhero films

George Miller has some thoughts on the future of superhero movies.

At a Saturday press conference in Cannes for his new film 3000 Years of Longing, archetypes of history throughout history were discussed at length – as his film follows an academic studying the narratives of mankind.

In a scene set at a storytelling conference, we see a large image of DC Comics heroes including Superman, Batman and The Flash. diversity Miller asked if he thought contemporary superhero content would be shared in the ages to come.

“They persevere and still persevered. The only thing you will be sure of is that they will change, they will turn into something else. Marvel and the DC Universe are basically the remnants of Greek and Norse and Roman mythologies. There’s a direct equivalence between each of these characters,” Miller said. “We’re going through an era where I think we’re expressing these stories through moving image narratives. They are echoes of the past, but they are adapted to be meaningful to us.”

Swinton, who plays the academic in 3000 Years and is a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe herself, piggybacked Miller’s response with an impassioned call for telling new kinds of stories in the superhero canon.

“The dangerous thing about stories is when you only have one story,” she said. Swinton’s claim has gained relevance “especially in recent months,” she said, appearing to relate to Russian propaganda and the war in Ukraine.

“If people can’t hear other stories, it’s possible that things can go down the drain really, really quickly and bring everything to a halt. It means keeping people’s ears open, pricking their ears to hear a new perspective, even a new truth,” she continued.

She concluded by rallying members of the media to “keep it going, keep it varied, keep it diverse, keep it contradictory, keep it challenging”.

Miller co-wrote the screenplay with Augusta Gore for 3000 Years, an adaptation of The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, a collection of short stories by AS Byatt. Miller reunited several members of his Mad Max: Fury Road crafting team for the new project, including editor Margaret Sixel, cinematographer John Seale and composer Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL).

The film is slated to hit theaters August 31 through MGM’s distribution label United Artists Releasing. George Miller comments on modern superhero films

Charles Jones

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