Robert Downey Jr. & Joe Russo Talk ‘Captain America: Civil War’; Call It ‘The Godfather’ Of Superhero Movies

Robert Downey Jr. 'Civil War'The Captain America: Civil War marketing has officially kicked off and with this came sites revealing new information about from their visits to the set of the highly-anticipated film. Included in Fandango’s report is a very interesting quote from Robert Downey Jr. where the actor boldly exclaimed that the film “is The Godfather of superhero movies!”

Co-director Joe Russo also brought up the film as well, due to it being “a sprawling film with a lot of characters that tells very intricate stories“. He then went on to add that if The Winter Soldier was a “political thriller”, the upcoming third entry in the Captain America series is more along the lines of a “psychological thriller”. But this wasn’t the only film that they compared the Marvel Studios release to.

The movies we’ve been referencing a lot on this one are Se7en, weirdly. Se7en, Fargo, just as far as we’re not making comparisons in terms of quality we’re just talking influences.

Definitely some both interesting and very exciting comments about the film. Let us know what you think about Downey & Russo’s comments in the section below.

“Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Get ready to choose your side when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: Fandango

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  • WiscoJoe

    Pretty sure Dark Knight already has claim to the “Godfather of superhero movies” mantle, but you gotta respect their enthusiasm.

    • Julius C.

      Except none of them are similar to The Godfather.

      At all.

      • WiscoJoe

        It’s a common analogy.

        • Two harbors

          Right….just like Batman and Robin was the Ishtar of Superhero films. LOL

          • WiscoJoe

            See, you get how these analogies work :)

            And Ishtar is seriously underrated… 😉

            Batman and Robin would be the Jaws 4 of superhero movies, or maybe the Star Wars Christmas Special of superhero movies.

    • Bruno the Machinegun

      Unfortunately you are not going to see any of that “Nolan Magic” in the new DC crapy universe with that snyder goof in front of it 😉

      • Two harbors

        A matter of opinion. For me, Batman Begins was really good and The Dark Knight were great. Almost Perfect…for what it was. The Dark Knight Rises fell WAY short. Nolan should be commended, but I personally like the Snyderverse better.

        Man of Steel was fantastic to me, and from what I´ve seen of Batman v Superman so far, I will not be disappointed.

        Doesn’t mean you have to like it, but just know there are a LOT of fans out there like me.

      • WiscoJoe

        Oh. Okay. I didn’t mention the new DC movies at all in my comment. Not sure why you felt the need to go there.

        I’m personally really excited to see what they’re going to do with the new stuff. It’s cool to see something different. But it’s going to be tough for any future superhero movie to surpass The Dark Knight in terms of quality or cultural impact or staying power. That movie was lighting in a bottle, which is why I think the often made Godfather analogy is apt. Just the way I see it.

        Just out curiosity, do you think it’s necessary to bash other movies in order to make Civil War seem better in your mind? That’s kind of weird. Why are some fanboys so petty?

  • Bruno the Machinegun

    I knew it, definitely the best comic book movie in history, Im calling it!

  • Johnny Risko

    …Says the actor paid 20M to prop up the Captain America franchise.
    In other news, Ronald McDonald claims Chicken McNuggets are the Cordon Bleu of reconstituted meats.

  • Johnny Risko

    Says the actor being paid 20M to prop up the Captain America franchise!

    And in other news Ronald McDonald boldly exclaims Chicken Nuggets to be the Cordon Bleu of reconstituted meats.

    • Jake Bucsko

      Winter Soldier made about $750 million, so that franchise does not need propping up. Is Ben Affleck being paid to prop up the Superman franchise?

      • Johnny Risko

        Disney bit the bullet and actually agreed to pay him 40M + a cut of the profits in 2014 just to get him on board.

        From Variety:

        “Downey, who earned $50 million for “The Avengers” and a reported $75 million for “Iron Man 3,” will collect around $40 million plus backend participation for “Captain America 3,” said sources, and will receive an additional payout if “Captain America 3” outperforms “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” $714 million worldwide haul. Since the actor did not appear in the first two “Captain America” films, the thinking is that if the third installment surpasses the last movie, its success could be attributed to Downey”

        At that point CA3 wasn’t necessarily even going to be based on Civil War.

        Lets also keep in mind this is the actor who said this in 2008:

        “My whole thing is that I saw The Dark Knight. I feel like I’m dumb because I feel like I don’t get how many things that are so smart. It’s like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I’m like, ‘That’s not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.’ I loved The Prestige but didn’t understand The Dark Knight. Didn’t get it, still can’t tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I’m like, ‘I get it. This is so high brow and so f#king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.’ You know what? F#k DC comics. That’s all I have to say and that’s where I’m really coming from.”

        So yeah…”Godfather”…

        BTW – yes.

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