So after a LONG wait, Brad Bird confirmed that Incredibles 2 is happening, but first he has to finish up his runs for Tomorrowland.
That being said, Bird has noted some things about the movie that he doesn’t want to do. Mainly, he doesn’t want to nudge the audience to much in a “hey, you recognize what we’re doing here, right?”
Said Bird, “Well, I worry if you comment too much on other movies [in your own movie] then you might just be coasting off their good will. There was a very lazy trend in comedy where somebody would start singing the theme song from The Flintstones and you’re supposed to dig on it just because you recognize it. So I don’t like that. I think that movies ought to work in and of themselves. However… I would say that the superhero movie turf right now is very trodden over — it’s kind of like a field that’s had too many games on it, and it’s just dried up dirt at this point.”
He’s not wrong, between Marvel, DC, and other studios doing their take on the superhero genre, it’s a very filled area. Ironically, it was The Incredibles that had a very different take on the genre. One that Bird seems to want to do again, and notes how it all starts with characters.
“I think that the greatest special effect is caring about a character. A lot of movies seem to forget that, and they bring out a lot of fireballs and then wonder why the fireballs don’t have that much impact, no matter how loud and how big they are. But the truth is that the fireball isn’t that exciting unless you care about the person running from it.”