Why M. Night Shyamalan Thinks Glass Is So Different From Other Superhero Movies

Check out our exclusive clip featuring an interview with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan.
Check out our exclusive clip featuring an interview with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan.
Photo: Universal

Is Glass a superhero movie? Is it a thriller? How exactly do you define it? That’s the question James McAvoy asks his writer/director in this exclusive clip from the Glass Blu-ray.


The film, which is now available on digital but comes to Blu-ray and 4K on April 16, comes a massive amount of special features on its home release. Deleted scenes, documentaries, an alternate opening, and more. And below is a small clip of a larger interview we’re excited to debut. In it, Shyamalan answers the question of genre and goes on to explain why he believes his film stands out among so many other superhero movies in theaters today.

Though I thought Glass was a miss compared to its previous two installments, you can’t argue with Shyamalan’s message here. His vision of bringing the idea of superheroes into reality is a profound and exciting one, one that he explores deeper in Glass, albeit maybe with diminishing returns. The way he tries to explain what real superheroes would look like and how the actual world would react to them does differentiate his films from the Marvels and DCs of the world.


As I stated in my original review, as a fan of Unbreakable and Split, Glass is a movie I’ll probably rewatch on occasion, just to get that closure it provides. And I’m especially interested in insight like you see above, in the huge laundry list of special features.

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Executor Elassus

In counterpoint to you, I really liked Glass. It just feels like such a different kind of film than those of the Marvel or DC universes, and the central dilemma of the trilogy — are superhero myths some long-forgotten memory of the way our species really can produce superhuman people that follow the tropes of superhero stories, or are these people just edge-cases and also delusional to the point of dangerous insanity? — is a really fascinating one.

The acting was mostly superb (I say mostly because, to my great dismay, I thought Sarah Paulson was terribly wooden, and I love Sarah Paulson). I was kinda disappointed the music was mostly the same as Split, but otherwise it was a well-made film that told a good story.