Chris Pratt on Suicide Squad (and the DCU in General), and His Son's Favorite Superhero
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt's son is a much bigger fan of Spider-Man than he is of Star-Lord. Pratt told the Bollywood Helpline that his son knows that he's a big action movie star - but there is no superhero worship here for young Jack Pratt (son of Chris and actress Anna Faris). At least, not as far as his old man is concerned.
“He knows the first part of the film. I don’t know if he thinks it is cool but he has seen the movies that I am in. He knows that I am Star-Lord. But as a matter of fact when I ask him ‘who is your favorite superhero Star-Lord’, he says ‘no Spider-Man’. He just likes Spider-Man better.”
Pratt clarifies that it's not necessarily personal - Jack may just prefer Spider-Man because he thinks Spidey has cooler powers.
“I don’t know if he fully understands what makes Star-Lord great because Star-Lord doesn’t really have any superpowers. Star-Lord can’t fly or shoot webs out of his hand … I think he (Jack) is more into super powers.”
Pratt also had insightful criticism of Suicide Squad, and thoughts on the DC Extended Universe, which he shared with io9.
I think they’re really cool and I’m not a real tough critic on those movies. But one of the flaws might have been they were introducing too many characters in Suicide Squad. They spent 10 minutes telling us why should we care about these characters, rather than creating trilogies for each character and convincing us to care about the characters.
That's an interesting criticism, both because it's apt - I feel the exact same way about Suicide Squad, as did many critics - and because Guardians of the Galaxy did the same thing in their film, yet the succeeded where Suicide Squad failed. There are tons of people excited to see Baby Groot in GoTG Vol. II, whereas I don't think anyone cares about what's going on with The Enchantress.
Prattt kind of addresses that, in describing how Kevin Feige's Marvel Cinematic Universe has been designed for years, over the course of several films and franchises, to make audiences care about the characters onscreen:
“It’s like hardwood,” he said. “They grew it really slowly so it’s strong. They didn’t create The Avengers first. They did Iron Man. And they tested it to make sure it worked. Then they did [Iron Man II] and [Iron Man III], then they did Cap, and then they did Thor. And they created a thirst for these characters, and that’s when they put them in The Avengers.”