There is no doubt that our world today heavily relies on movie and series remakes, reboots, and franchises in such a way that comic book adaptations have definitely risen to their fullest potential. Some of the most prominent films to recently hit theaters are Black Adam, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Avatar: The Way of Water, and many more upcoming comic book franchises, definitely. Pirates of the Caribbean and Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer sheds light on how movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Top Gun: Maverick saved the theaters during the pandemic.
Recently speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Bruckheimer opens his sentiment on how much success and high-quality entertainment comic book blockbusters bring to the table, “They’re wonderful. They entertain audiences and people love them.”
“You saw that with Spider-Man: No Way Home during the pandemic,” Bruckheimer continues on to say, “They get a very young audience, and the theaters need it.”
The producer also weighs in on the fact that the theaters not only need youngsters, but even the older audience, as well, starting with how Top Gun: Maverick garnered just that to the demographic, “[Top Gun: Maverick] came in and initially drew an older audience, but eventually, it got everybody. You don’t do [$700 million domestic, $1.5 billion global] and not get everybody.”
Bruckheimer adds, “Top Gun rejuvenated the theatrical business, here and around the world. Our foreign grosses were bigger than our domestic grosses. It goes to show that when we tell stories about interesting characters with real cameras, real locations, you can captivate the world. It’s a very American movie, but it didn’t matter to audiences overseas because they fell in love with the characters.”
While Jerry Bruckheimer leans more on favoring comic book adaptations, Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino would have to disagree, previously stating that “Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they’re not movie stars. Right?”
To that, Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson responded; with Downey calling out Tarantino they all work in the same industry and he should “just get over it” and Jackson indicating how late T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman commemorated the live-action version of Wakanda’s leader.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is in talks to reprise his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with Jerry Bruckheimer still “taking baby steps” towards the screenplay.