Superhero films are insanely popular, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe having passed $5 billion at the domestic box in November with the release of Thor: Ragnarok. Even Warner Bros., which stumbled with Justice League, found critical and commercial success with Wonder Woman. Still, there are those who fear these blockbusters are ruining Hollywood.
While speaking with Radio Times about her episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror, director/actress Jodie Foster discussed the current state of cinema, saying studios have transformed films into “theme parks.” She explained that Hollywood studios are making “bad content” in order to appeal to the masses and rake in money, stating that those efforts will grant them the best return now in exchange for wrecking the state of cinema. “It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world,” Foster said. “I don’t want to make $200 million movies about superheroes.”
And while Foster appears to have no plans to hop on the superhero train anytime soon, she did state that perhaps she’d be interested in making a film about a superhero if — and only if — they had a “really complex psychology.” Despite her issues with superhero films and Hollywood’s love of huge blockbusters, Foster seems willing to sign on for one should it prove to be more of a character piece than another run of the mill action film.
Foster joins the growing list of actors that have spoken out against superhero films, including the likes of Jon Hamm, who has interestingly been rumored for Batman in recent months, Naomi Watts and Reese Witherspoon. Each party has his or her own reason(s) for avoiding superhero projects, however, it’s clear they all believe the genre is ruining the cinema. Unfortunately for them, superheroes won’t be going away, as 2018 is set to launch plenty of new films and television shows surrounding some of our favorite comic characters.
(via The Telegraph)