Superhero movies are the new cool of Hollywood. The action, the CGI fiesta and most importantly, the pleasure of watching your favorite superheroes from the comic books come to life is what drives the comic book industry at the Box Office. While the MCU and the DCEU keep churning out one movie after the other, the hate for superhero fiction seems to be increasing among the top tiers of Hollywood.
Jodie Foster is an Oscar-winning actress who believes in the movie’s ability to change people and question themselves and their actions. In an Interview with Radio Times, She says:
“going to the movies has become like a theme park’. She continued: “Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth. It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.”
The guy that started the Superhero trend in Hollywood with the 1989 Batman movie also loathes mainstream superhero fiction and the generic plot lines they entail.
“How many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now,” he asked Yahoo UK. “Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”
This guy is Hollywood’s go-to action star. But even he feels that Superhero movies are overrated.
“A lot of the modern sort of action movies I see, you know Marvel sort of things, I just think any guy can do it,” he said. “I have no ambition… I mean I can take my grandma and put here in a cape and they’ll have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody can do it. They are relying on green screen and 200 million dollar budgets. It’s all CGI created. So to me that is not authentic. I’m inspired by all old real star — guys that can really do their thing.”
The Award winning movie Logan’s director James Mangold also is of a similar vilifying opinion.
“Tentpole movies in general, they are not movies, generally.” he revealed in an episode of podcast The Business. “They are bloated exercises in two-hour trailers for another movie they are going to sell you in two years. There are so many characters that each character gets an arch of about six and a half minutes at best, and I’m not exaggerating.”
Mel Gibson has reportedly turned down the role of Odin in the MCU. His reason is that superhero movies water down the movie-making industry.
I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less. If you’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the taxman gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors… what did they spend on Batman V Superman that they’re admitting to? And it’s a piece of s**t.”
The acclaimed Director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo believes that the original beauty of cinema is being stifled by mediocre superhero movies.
“Now, movies are about saving the world from destruction,” he previously told the Financial Times. “Many people at studios are still fighting the good fight. There are executives there who are friends of mine. But if you want to make studio movies, you stay in their lanes, which are romantic comedy, affliction Oscar bait, spandex summer, superhero tentpole, moderately budgeted sequel.”
Hugo Weaving portrayed Red Skull in The First Avenger. But he will think twice before watching a superhero movie in the first place.
“I’m glad I did it,” he stated. “I did sign up for a number of pictures but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. “It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”
Luc Besson is a renowned persona in Hollywood. During a promotional tour for his latest movie project, he gave us some interesting insight.
“What bothers me most is it’s always here to show the supremacy of America and how they are great. I mean, which country in the world would have the guts to call a film ‘Captain Brazil’ or ‘Captain France?’ I mean, no one! We would be like so ashamed and say, ‘No, we can’t do that.’ They can. They can call it ‘Captain America,’ and everybody think it normal. I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.”
Rose McGowan is one of the most celebrated actors of Hollywood. She has given more than 34 years of her life to this industry. And even she thinks Superhero movies are a waste of time and money.
“what’s wrong with superhero movies is that they lack complexity, story development, character development [and] freedom of thought.”
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This guy directed Birdman, an unconventional superhero movie that was nominated for an Oscar. But Superhero movies are something this guy absolutely hates.
“The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological kind of thing and they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be. I hate that, and don’t respond to those characters. They have been poison — this cultural genocide — because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and s**t that doesn’t mean nothing about the experience of being human.”
The Famous director of Alien and Terminator has always been straightforward with his words. Never to mine words, he once declared:
“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing — that’s why I’ve never really done one. [I’ve been asked] several times, but I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tightrope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero. I’ve done that kind of movie — Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, it’s a dark story told in an unreal world. You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a f****ng good story, as opposed to no story!”
Roland Emmerich is the director of Independence Day, a cult classic sci-fi movie. He believes Superhero movies are too predictable and easy going that fail to challenge the norm.
“When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don’t like people in capes,” he explained to The Guardian. “I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.”
The Director of movies like Videodrome and The Fly believes all superhero movies, look, and sound and feel the same.
“Christopher Nolan’s best movie is Memento, and that is an interesting movie. I don’t think his Batman movies are half as interesting, though they’re 20 million times the expense. A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids,” Cronenberg said to MTV site Next Movie. “It’s adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, The Dark Knight Rises is supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the f— they’re talking about.”
Murphy has starred as Batman villain The Scarecrow in Batman Begins and in The Dark Knight. But he never regrets his distaste for superhero fiction.
“It was a different time back when we made Batman Begins,” he continued. I think that Chris [Nolan] has to take credit for making that trilogy of films. I think they’re so grounded in a relatable reality. Nobody in those films ever had a superpower. Do you know what I mean? It’s a slightly heightened level of storytelling, where New York is Gotham, and no one did anything magical. Batman in his movies just did a lot of push-ups and was, like, British. So that’s what I loved about them. My kids love the Marvel movies, but I don’t know. I don’t watch them.”
The guy behind The Exorcist has an unconventional opinion on Superhero movie. But he is not just limited to that. He believes movies of 21st Century Hollywood in general lack the gravity and realism that identified movies during 70’s era Hollywood.
“They were about real people doing real things. Today cinema in America is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Avengers, Hunger Games: all kinds of stuff that I have no interest in seeing at all.”
Christian Bale is worshipped by many fans as the Best Batman of the 21st Century. His portrayal as the caped crusader won him several awards and nominations. But he claims he does not like superhero movies in the first place. He may have acted in Nolan’s Batman trilogy but his hate for superhero movies is still evergreen.
“people [always] seem to surprised to learn that he’s “not a huge superhero film fan”. “I’ve not seen any of the Avengersfilms or any of those films at all. I hear they’re very good, but I’m quite happy just hearing they’re very good.”