Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has weighed in on director Martin Scorsese’s ongoing commentary against superhero films , describing the medium of cinema as a “very broad church” and placing an emphasis on the reaction of audiences as proof of the power of superhero movies.
“I watch all of them,” Miller told Deadline of superhero movies. “To be honest, in terms of this debate, cinema is cinema and it’s a very broad church. The test, ultimately, is what it means to the audience. There’s a great quote I saw that applies to all we do. It was from the Swahili storytellers. Each time they finished a story they would say, ‘The story has been told. If it was bad, it was my fault because I am the storyteller. And if it was good, it belongs to everybody’.”
“It’s a mistake and a kind of hubris if a film does well at the box office to dismiss it as clever marketing or something else,” the director continued. “There’s more happening there, and it’s our obligation as storytellers to really try and understand it. To me, it’s all cinema. I don’t think you can ghettoize it and say, oh this is cinema or that is cinema. It applies to all the arts, to literature, the performing arts, painting and music, in all its form. It’s such a broad spectrum, a wide range and to say that anyone is more significant or more important than the other, is missing the point. It’s one big mosaic and each bit of work fits into it.”
Miller’s film work has spanned genres, from his dystopian sci-fi Mad Max films to his animated musical Happy Feet. Miller once developed a cancelled Justice League film titled Justice League: Mortal that would have featured Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern, and was even fully cast before being shelved.