It’s reasonable to suppose that, despite his legendary status as a director, Kevin Feige has other directors on his short list with whom to discuss possibilities for Marvel Studios before Michael Mann. Undoubtedly, Feige would be thrilled to have Mann engaged in a superhero production, but let’s face it—the director isn’t the kind to choose to work for Marvel. Nevertheless, it seems Mann does not believe that all superhero movies are bad.
Discussing his upcoming “Ferrari,” Michael Mann talked about a forthcoming release of The Playlist’s The Discourse podcast. However, he also briefly discussed Marvel Studios and the possibility of producing a superhero movie shortly. In other words, he probably won’t do it, but not because he has any deep-seated objections to superhero films. Mann clarified, “I only make films that I feel passionate about and that placed me a little bit more on the frontier. That’s where I do my best work. I’d like to be a journeyman director, go from film to film to film, but I don’t think I’d be very good at it. It doesn’t get my blood running.”
He added, “On the other hand, I think that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ for example, not necessarily this last one, but the two before, have really worked and I love watching them. And the reason they work is because they have a really, really well done story structure behind them. So it’s exciting in the sense of being able to expand into myth that way and to create myth. I think that’s a very exciting medium. Let’s not say something I wanna do. I do wanna do a science fiction project, but it’s not superheroes.”