Tim Burton on Today's Comic Book Movies: "Maybe We Need to See a Happy Superhero"

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<p>Director-producer <strong>Tim Burton </strong>touts his upcoming animated movie <em>Frankenweenie</em> at Comic-Con.</p>   |   Kevin Winter/Getty Images
"Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals"

Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie might have set the stage for today’s superhero-dominated box office, but the director isn’t too pleased with the world that he had a hand in creating.

Talking to Yahoo! Movies, Burton said that “Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working, [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?”

Burton’s take on DC Entertainment’s Dark Knight wasn’t the happiest superhero when he hit movie screens 25 years ago, he admitted, but said that it was nothing compared with what’s onscreen today. “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,” he said. “It’s such a strange thing to go through.”

Asked if there was another superhero movie in him, he refused to commit. “I think there is, but I don’t know,” he replied. “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.”

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