Filmmaker and supernaturally handsome gentleman Taika Waititi has learned a lot about what not to do from subpar superhero movies. After all, he has a bit of first-hand experience thanks to the 2011 DC wreck Green Lantern.
Waititi is helming the upcoming Marvel buddy picture Thor: Ragnarok and speaking with ComicBook he addressed his time as an actor on the set of Green Lantern. Waititi is very polite in explaining how he’s a different brand of director than the helmer of the Ryan Reynolds fronted picture.
“When I was in [Green Lantern], I was just determined to try and do a good job with the job I was doing there,” he explained. “I spent a long time just sitting around on set, and so I’d watch a lot of how Martin [Campbell] would run things. And he’s a great – he runs a set very, very well and very efficient. But [it’s] very different to the way I do things.”
According to Waititi, it wasn’t Green Lantern that served as his cautionary tale.
“I think I probably learned more watching a lot of other superhero movies, and a lot of big studio films,” he said. “I started realizing, ‘Oh I think I know what’s going wrong with these films.’”
One of the things wrong with crummy superhero films? Not enough Fraggle Rock based promotional content. At least in my view and apparently Waititi’s too.
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Screen Rant was another outlet speaking with Waititi on the set of Thor: Ragnarok and they shared what the director had to say about his issues with certain superhero movies.
Usually it comes down to story, and the fact that they… I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out too much [laughs]. But story is still king in my mind, and we worked a lot on the script. We stopped for an hour to just keep working a scene to make sure we got it right, and to make sure that it made sense. There’s one way you can do it, [which] is just bust on through and try and make your day, and you get stuff in the can, but it’s basically worthless when you come to edit.
So we just want to take the time to make sure we get stuff right. And all these actors are great at that. Chris [Hemsworth] especially is very smart and very savvy when it comes to story. I think he’s learned on a lot of the films he’s done, you’ve got to discuss it and make sure you get it right the first time. So we spend a long time doing that.
If the finished product is anywhere near the same league as the trailer, the film should be something of an instant classic. Thor: Ragnarok will arrive in theaters on November 3.