Madea filmmaker Tyler Perry says he's had conversations with both Marvel Studios and DC about directing a superhero film. As the writer, director, producer and star of the Madea movie series, Perry seems to have Hollywood and his audiences all figured out. The films in the gender-bending Madea series (where he plays the titular no-nonsense grandmother-type character), are most often panned by critics and are usually produced on a low budgets, yet are generally massive hits with audiences.
For example, Perry's 2016 comedy Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, only holds a 21 percent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet grossed $73.2 million domestically (against a $20 million budget) and opened No. 1 the same October weekend a year ago, beating the Tom Cruise sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back in the process. Better yet, Perry looks to continue his winning streak this weekend with the Boo! sequel, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, which is projected to top the box office in its opening frame with as much as $23 million (despite a lowly 10 percent "rotten" rating on RT).
Perry, who has a hand in all aspects of his productions (in addition to writing, directing and producing, he's reprising his role as Madea's nephew, Brian, as well as Brian's father, Joe, in Boo 2!), seems to be the sort of talented filmmaker other production companies would pursue, whether it be for directing, acting, or both. In an interview for Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Perry told Screen Rant about the conversations he's had with Marvel Studios and DC:
SR: I know you said the superhero genre is not your thing you never want to helm one, but have you ever been approached by Marvel or DC to do one?
Tyler Perry: "I’ve had a couple conversations, but I would always say, ‘I’m not the guy to do this’. I’m not the guy that can bring this vision to life cause it takes such a village to pull it together, and I’m not a guy that can work with fifty other directors and producers telling you what to do, how to do it, when to do it. That doesn’t work for me. I saw that in a couple of the sci-fi movies that I’ve been apart of and I think, ‘Uhh, I’m not doing that’."
You have to admire Perry for being honest about what sort of material attracts him and ultimately, not taking on film projects where his vision would clearly differ from those calling the shots. As the success of the Madea series has proven, Perry is the epitome of an independent filmmaker; not only because the films are responsibly produced from a financial aspect and make a lot of money, but because he clearly knows what his audiences want and delivers it to them on a consistent basis.
While Perry doesn't appear to be interested in directing a Marvel or DC film any time in the near future, with any luck he'll be considered for an acting gig in one of them sooner than later. He's clearly already caught the attention of some pretty big hitters in the business already: Not only did director J.J. Abrams cast Perry in a small role in his 2009 reboot of the Star Trek film series, helmer David Fincher gave Perry the plum role of savvy defense attorney Tanner Bolt in the 2014 crime thriller Gone Girl. Perry, not surprisingly, completely embodied the role in the film, proving that he can take head-on any challenge put before him, whether he's in front of or behind the camera.