Director Tim Burton, who helped to usher in the modern era of superhero movies with 1989's Batman, thinks the current approach to making them has gotten a little stale.
"Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working," the filmmaker told Yahoo! Movie while promoting the biographical drama Big Eyes. "But how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?"
Burton knows a thing or two about damaged superheroes, as his Batman, influenced as it was by The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns, was at times undeniably dark, and established a tone that would be repeated in many films that followed. Burton himself characterized the movie as "a fight between two disturbed people." However, he says Batman doesn't compare to the superhero movies of today.
"I remember Batman getting so much flak and criticism at the time for being too dark," Burton said, "and now 20-30 years later, it now looks like a lighthearted romp. It’s such a strange thing to go through."
(via The Hollywood Reporter)