It’s no surprise that Doctor Strange is going to warp minds with its unique reality bending visuals. Between the twisting cities and the gravity defying leaps, viewers are going to be in for a treat unlike any other Marvel movie. The comics introduced in the 1960’s were the trippiest comics out at the time, and the movie is looking to do the same for live action. Scott Derrickson, director or horror movies Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose is not new to playing with visuals, but the level of which he did in Doctor Strange is unmatched.
Derrickson spoke with Los Angeles Daily News about what we can expect from the visuals (outside of what we’ve already seen in the trailers), and it sounds like viewers are going to be in for a real treat.
“It’s pretty psychedelic. If your love for the early Stan Lee-Steve Ditko comics was that visual, psychedelic ambition, I think you’ll be pretty satisfied. The primary resource for the visual design of the whole movie came from those comics.”
So no, the inspiration for Doctor Strange did not come from Inception, but from his original comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Derrickson went on to talk about the actors chosen for the roles, and why he thinks his “grounded actors” are perfect for the supernatural feel of Doctor Strange.
“I told them it should take a bold left turn, like the ’60s comics. And I think they liked how I gravitate toward real actors, talented actors who are grounded in performances that are real, while dealing with the supernatural. That’s why I’ve had great actors in genre films, which they usually don’t do. And that was certainly the case with ‘Doctor Strange.’ ”
Derrickson the added he thought the casting for the film was perfect, and confirmed that they even delayed production of the film to wait for Benedict Cumberbatch, because he was so perfect for the part.
“He is perfect casting. Myself and Kevin Feige and the other producers involved came to a consensus very quickly that Benedict was the right guy for the role. There’s just an overlap between his work and the comics that you can see and feel. You feel that he can play the intelligence, the arrogance, the unlikability and yet intrigue of Stephen Strange, and that the massive arc that the character goes through in those early comics is something that he would be able to portray.”
Lastly, the director wraps up the interview by speaking on diversity in the ilm. A lot of people were taken back when Tilda Swinton was cast as The Ancient One, who is typically an Asian male. Fans claimed it was whitewashing, but Derrickson explained that it was the opposite – whitewashing was not the intention, but adding a female to the cast who wasn’t the typical 28 year old Marvel stereotype. He also touches on Wong and why they decided to keep the Asian sidekick.
“Diversity in movies is absolutely the responsibility of producers and directors. In this movie, we have about as diverse a cast as I think you can get, and that was a very conscious decision. Tilda was a way of adding diversity in terms of not just an ethereal, enigmatic, otherworldly actress playing an ethereal, enigmatic, otherworldly character, but we’re bringing a middle-aged woman who’s not 28 years old in leather pants into the Marvel Universe in a major role. I was very happy with that, but I was also very conscious that in doing that I was erasing a significant potential Asian role. I was going to leave Wong out of the movie at first; he was an Asian sidekick manservant, what was I supposed to do with that? But once the decision was made to cast Tilda, we brought Wong back because, unlike the Ancient One, he could be completely subverted as a character and reworked into something that didn’t fall into any of the stereotypes of the comics.”
Are you excited for the visuals in Doctor Strange, and do you think the movie is going down the right path in terms of diversity? Make sure to let us know, down in the comments.
Doctor Strange premiers in Theaters on November 4th, 2016.