Although Morbius is receiving a lot of negative comments from film critics, director Daniel Espinosa remains ‘proud’ of his comic book movie. The superhero movie, starring Jared Leto, has received a tragic 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the lowest-rated Marvel films ever released.
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Daniel Espinosa confronted the film’s negative reviews in an Insider interview:
‘When I did my first feature it was a small movie called ‘Babylon Disease,’’ Espinosa said. ‘I remember one day going home on the subway and I had a few drinks, so I was a bit drunk. Someone nudged me on the train and said, ‘I have to tell you what’s wrong with the second scene in your feature,’ and I was like, ‘Well, okay.’’
‘The point I’m making is that it’s a strange thing to make something that is so public,’ the director claimed. ‘Look, I have a lot of self-hatred, so I have a lot of criticism of my own work. I’m always trying to focus on being better. But I am also proud of what I do. There are parts in all of my movies that I’m really proud of.’
Morbius is based on the comic books by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane written in 1971. It was originally planned for release in 2020, but was delayed before finally being released in January 2022. The movie follows the journey of Michael Morbius, played by Jared Leto, who is on the search of a cure for his rare blood disease. However, when Michael injects himself with the blood from vampire bats, it gives him unintended powers such as a thirst for blood.
The film’s supporting case also includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson.
Film critic Owen Gleibermann claims that ‘The entire movie, directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, is generic — naggingly, almost jarringly so. You watch it and think, ‘This is what now passes for a new Marvel chapter?’ The film is nothing more than a flimsy time-killer, an early-April placeholder of a movie.’
However, despite negative reviews, Morbius had a box office debut with $39.1 million earned during its opening weekend.