Newswire: Duplass brothers say they were offered—and refused—a superhero movie

Mercifully, society has not yet reached a superhero singularity in which every quantum of popular culture has to be spun out from a comic book property. As such, indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass were given the option to say no when offered the chance to work on an enormous tentpole behemoth. The brothers—who have managed to build successful quadruple-hyphenate careers by writing, directing, producing, and acting in a string of low-budget, relationship-centric films (Baghead, Cyrus) and television shows (HBO’s Togetherness)— revealed the rejected offer while speaking at a Writers Guild Foundation event last week, after the moderator asked if they had yet been approached by either Marvel or DC.

“We have been,” Mark responded, without naming which one. “We said no. 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 …

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