Superhero films may be the box office darling of today, but they ended up as the butt of a joke at last night’s Oscars ceremony and received criticism at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards — prompting “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn to respond on his Facebook page.
As recapped by The Hollywood Reporter, Jack Black included a zinger about the genre in the show’s opening number, singing, “Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!” At the Independent Spirit Awards, “Nightcrawler” director Dan Gilroy spoke of independent films surviving against a “tsunami of superhero movies,” despite the fact that his wife Rene Russo played Frigga in two “Thor” movies from Marvel Studios.
“Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite,” Gunn wrote. “I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for ‘Guardians.’ What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.”
This year’s Oscar’s were written by a crew including several veterans of the superhero genre, including “Green Lantern” screenwriter Michael Green and “Arrow” and “The Flash” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg.
“If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb,” Gunn wrote. “But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a ‘serious’ filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”
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Superhero films including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” were nominated for awards, but only “Big Hero 6” took home an Oscar, for Best Animated Feature.