Top Gun: Maverick creator Jerry Bruckheimer explains why the sequel outpaced Marvel and DC’s comic-book movies. Bruckheimer is the creator of the new Top Gun movie as well as the original, and has been a massively successful fixture in Hollywood for decades. He is responsible for films such as Beverly Hills Cop, National Treasure, Bad Boys, Pirates of the Caribbean and many other projects that have left a lasting legacy of quality throughout his tenure.
Top Gun: Maverick has been a tremendous success, which is surprising considering the 35-year gap between the original and the sequel. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) and again starring Tom Cruise in the lead, Top Gun: Maverick recently surpassed Avengers: Infinity War as the sixth-highest-grossing film domestically. Gave. With a worldwide box-office total of $1.4 billion, Top Gun: Maverick has also blown away past DC movies like Aquaman and this year’s The Batman, taking the crown from the comic-book genre for the first time in a long time.
In an interview with EW, Bruckheimer discussed the success of Top Gun: Maverick in relation to Marvel and DC’s comic-book films, explaining that audiences have been “watching so much CGI” over the years. While he doesn’t think it’s a bad thing, he says it’s also good to “see the real deal,” which is what Maverick is all about. Here’s Bruckheimer’s full comment:
Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit Blu-ray and streaming on August 23, leaving no doubt that it could break even more records on home video. Still, that doesn’t mean it has broken box-office records. Currently sitting at $683 million domestically, it’s entirely possible that if Top Gun: Maverick stays in theaters longer, it could surpass Black Panther, which is currently fifth with $700 million. is in place. With Avatar sitting at $760 million, it’s likely that Top Gun: Maverick will be out there (if it goes too far). It’s still a huge achievement that has put the comic-book genre in its jet wash.
Ironically, Top Gun: Maverick was never expected to be a hit, but it has proven that quality can overcome anything, especially when audiences recognize it. While the film’s success certainly won’t stop comic-book films from being made, it will open the door for more films like Maverick to find their way into theatres. Hopefully, the third sequel of Top Gun will arrive before waiting for another 35 years. Plus, maybe it’s a good lesson for Marvel and DC, showing that instead of churning things out on an assembly line for a while, a spectacle can improve the film’s promotion, quality, and reception.