Tim Burton Bored Of Marvel Movie 'Formula' (Exclusive)


Tim Burton, the godfather of the modern superhero genre, admits he’s tired of Marvel’s tried and tested storytelling style.

"Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working," Burton told Yahoo Movies while promoting his new film ‘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?"

Marvel Studios released 10 superhero films over the last 6 years and recently announced it has 11 more on the way between now and 2019.

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Burton’s 1989 ‘Batman’ was the first superhero film to enjoy any substantial success at the the box office after ‘Superman III & IV’ spectacularly tanked.

His dark and adult approach to the Dark Knight changed the public’s perception of the genre opening it up to a much wider audience, paving the way for the glut of superhero films we have today.


Burton and Michael Keaton were originally set to make a third ‘Batman’ film together after ‘Batman Returns’ but but both pulled out after the studio insisted on a more mainstream direction. He says that the modern superhero films are so dark now, his look gaudy in comparison.

"I remember ‘Batman’ getting so much flak and criticism at the time for being too dark and now 20-30 years later, it now looks like a light-hearted romp, it’s such a strange thing to go through."


hasn’t ruled out a return to the genre in the future, but he thinks the public appetite could run out before he got the chance.

"I think there is [another superhero film in me], but I don’t know.

"You think we need more superhero movies? It keeps on going. It’s amazing how long it’s been going for and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. Some day people will get sick of it."

Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz is coming to cinemas on 26 December.

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