Venom director on his disappointment at critics’ reaction

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Ruben Fleischer admits he was “bummed” by the critical backlash against Venom.

This time last year, the comic book movie that was tearing up the box office was Spider-Man spin-off Venom. The film, starring Tom Hardy, become a very welcome hit for Sony, grossing over $800m at the global box office. A sequel is now on the way.

However, in spite of the commercial success, the critical notices for Venom were not kind. And its director, Ruben Fleischer, admits that was a disappointment.

He’s currently on promotional duties for Zombieland: Double Tap, that lands this week. And chatting to Fandom, he concedes that the critics’ response got to him.

“I would have changed the critics’ reaction to it. I was really bummed that people didn’t like it because it’s a crowd-pleasing movie and I’m not sure if there was just blowback against Sony or people just worship Marvel”, he said.

He added that he was surprised that critics were going for the film, “because audiences really enjoyed the movie” and that many who saw it “just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie”, adding of the critics “I don’t know what they were expecting”.

A sequel to Venom now underway, with Tom Hardy reprising the title role but Andy Serkis instead stepping into the director’s chair.

You can read the full interview with Fleischer, here.

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