Mark and Jay Duplass Said No to Doing a Superhero Movie — and Now You Want to See Them Do One

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If you're as tired of dark, gritty superhero movies (apparently 40 percent of the The Suicide Squad budget was spent on grit and other industrial-grade particulates), you might have wondered, "What would a superhero movie by the Duplass brothers have looked like?" Well, guess what? We're never going to know. Never! So get that foolish idea of your head! "We said no,” Mark told the audience at a recent WGA talk, when asked if the brothers had been approached by DC or Marvel. “The thing that happens when you sign on to a $180 million movie is that the movie is not a movie. It's a commodity. We're not in that business." Joked Jay, "Now, if it were Batman and Robin as a 98 percent relationship drama in the Bat Cave ... I would bet that's 12,000 people's favorite movie." Oh, oh, how about a shaggy-haired Martian Manhunter struggling with his decision to become a father? Or a bespectacled Namor the Sub-Mariner dealing with the last vestiges of his youth while restoring an old boat or something? If only.