While he’s “not a real tough critic” when it comes to the rival studio’s superhero flicks, he did have one critique for Suicide Squad: the squad was way too big!
Speaking to the audience, the 37-year-old said:
“I really like all the Warner Bros. movies. I think they’re really cool and I’m not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in ├óΓé¼╦£Suicide Squad.’ They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters.”
Sounds about right. You gotta earn that ensemble film, WB!
The critically panned anti-hero film starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and (a barely present) Jared Leto leading a ragtag group of relatively obscure DC villains like Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and mysterious swordstress Katana (Karen Fukuhara).
This jumbled concoction of characters is nothing like the delicately plotted out Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Pratt says it’s Marvel’s carefully developed storylines of individual characters that makes the films so successful, continuing:
“It’s like hardwood. They grew it really slowly so it’s strong. They didn’t create ├óΓé¼╦£The Avengers’ first. They did ├óΓé¼╦£Iron Man.’ And they tested it to make sure it worked. Then they did [├óΓé¼╦£Iron Man II’] and [├óΓé¼╦£Iron Man III’], then they did ├óΓé¼╦£Cap,’ and then they did ├óΓé¼╦£Thor.’ And they created a thirst for these characters, and that’s when they put them in ├óΓé¼╦£The Avengers.'”
Warner Bros. is already taking a page from Marvel’s playbook. Gal Gadot‘s standalone Wonder Woman will drop before the upcoming Justice League film later this year. Not to mention, Robbie will headline her own Harley Quinn spinoff Gotham City Sirens.
But even though Marvel has seen so much success, Pratt says creating a franchise is “really fucking hard to do,” adding:
“And it’s kind of a miracle that anyone’s got it right. You know? So. I think it comes down to Kevin [Feige], his filmmakers, and ultimately, me, playing Star-Lord.”
Ha! Well, he ain’t wrong!
[Image via Marvel.]