Kevin Smith on where Martin Scorsese’s comic book movies stand

During his decades of career, Martin Scorsese has done so much for the cinema. Like his friend George Lucas, he is a champion of film preservation. He helped other filmmakers, like Akira Kurosawa, Spike Lee and the Safdie brothers. And of course, he made untold masterpieces. But for some, he’s the guy who dispelled comic book movies nearly three years ago. Some never got over it, including, it seems, comic book superfan and fellow filmmaker Kevin Smith.

In an interview with ForbesSmith – who recently unveiled the first trailer for his trio Clerk III — took a while to weigh in on how the Goodfellas and Silence creator might not be as into films like Thor: The Dark World or Aquaman.

“In our very tribal culture, someone like Martin Scorsese referring to comic book movies as amusement parks and theme park rides makes a group of people who have made comic book movies their lives over the of the last 10 very unhappy years,” Smith said. But he wonders why people were so shocked by his statements.

“You ask a guy who did ‘Goodfellas’ what he thinks of Spider-Man, what do you think you’re going to get?” Smith said. “He’s a very serious filmmaker, and he’s a man of a certain age and stuck in his habits. You shouldn’t be surprised that this is his answer.

Scorsese’s comments came around the time The Irishman was released, which became one of the most-watched original Netflix movies in the streamer’s history. In an editorial for The New York Times, he wrote, “I don’t think they are cinema”, and lamented how they cornered the multiplex market. “In many places across the country and around the world, franchise movies are now your first choice if you want to see something on the big screen. It’s a perilous time in movie theaters, and there are fewer independent theaters Indeed, The Irishman only got a small theatrical release, with most people watching it on their TV screens.

In the meantime, Smith celebrated a very important birthday this weekend.

(Going through Forbes)

Angela C. Hale