Recently, famed director Steven Spielberg gave his opinion about his favorite superhero movie to date. This comes from the same Spielberg who also said that the superhero genre was going to lose public interest because it is being overdone.
“I like Richard Donner’s Superman, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan, and the first Iron Man, but the superhero film that impressed me most is one that does not take itself too seriously: Guardians of the Galaxy,” Spielberg confessed during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival that first appeared on the Omelette.
“When the projection was over, I left with the feeling of having seen something new in movies, without any cynicism or fear of being dark when needed,” the Schindler’s List director added.
As for James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, he took to his Facebook page to express his gratitude to Spielberg’s for his comments.
“Probably the greatest compliment of my life. I learned what a director was because as a kid I loved Raiders of the [Lost] Ark so much I wondered who the guy was behind it all, and I’m making movies today because of it.” Gunn wrote, states Collider.
But as Geeks of Doom reminds fans, particular favorites in the superhero genre are speculative. However, Spielberg’s list of Donner’s Superman, Nolan’s The Dark Night, and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man are popular choices for most. But adding to that list, it’s hard not to immediately think of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, both of which received great reviews.
Of course, Spielberg himself might have to make some changes to that list once Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 comes out next year.
Speaking of the sequel, apparently Chris Pratt shed a tear after Gunn announced that newcomer to Guardians, Kurt Russell, was finished shooting his scenes for the second film.
After Gunn’s tweet, Chris Pratt added his own sentiment on his Twitter account.
“You’re not the only one cryin’,” he admitted. “Kurt Russell is the f***ing best.”
Pratt followed it with another tweet explaining his choice of profanity and offering an apology.
“I’m sorry for the language. But when I’m talking about how f***ing great Kurt Russell is I have to swear.”
Kurt Russell joining the Guardians of the Galaxy universe was first announced by Gunn back in February, but his role has yet to be revealed. Entertainment Weekly reports that Russell’s role could be Peter Quill’s father.
“My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World,” Gunn posted on Facebook at the time of the announcement. “So I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.”
“It’s not often your heroes are as awesome in person as you believed they were as a kid. A wonderful guy and incredible actor in every way,” Gunn gushed. “And he was nice to Mom, Dad, and dog. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
As for the rest of the cast — Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close — they are all coming back for the sequel.
Let us know what you think superhero fans! Do you agree with Steven Spielberg that Guardians of the Galaxy is the “most impressive” movie in the genre so far? Let us know in the comments below.
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