Published Nov 19, 2019Thanks to Martin Scorsese, every respected director has decided to weigh in on whether or not Marvel movies can be considered "cinema." Thanks to Parasite, Bong Joon-ho is certainly one of the year's most adored filmmakers, and he's got some spicy Marvel takes of his own.
In a new Variety cover story, Joon-ho was asked if he'd ever direct a superhero film. His answer was no, although it wasn't for the reason you might expect.
"I have a personal problem. I respect the creativity that goes into superhero films, but in real life and in movies, I can't stand people wearing tight-fitting clothes," he admitted. "I'll never wear something like that, and just seeing someone in tight clothes is mentally difficult."
He continued, "I don't know where to look, and I feel suffocated. Most superheroes wear tight suits, so I can never direct one. I don't think anyone will offer the project to me either. If there is a superhero who has a very boxy costume, maybe I can try."
That said, Joon-ho sees both sides of the great cinema debate of 2019.
"I have so much respect for Scorsese and Coppola, and I grew up studying their films. So I fully understand the context of their comments and I respect their opinion," he added. "But on the other hand, if I look at the films individually, I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, James Mangold's Logan and Winter Soldier by the Russo Brothers. There are great cinematic moments in those films."
Read Variety's full Bong Joon-ho interview here.