Most recently, Martin Scorsese — arguably the greatest living film director — made headlines for blasting comic book movies in general in far more direct, jaw-droppingly harsh fashion. “That’s not cinema,” the filmmaker stated flatly when asked if he had kept up with the latest releases in the superhero genre. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Scorsese isn’t the only acclaimed filmmaker to make the dubious comparison between comic book films and theme parks. In a 2018 conversation with Radio Times magazine, Jodie Foster unloaded on the entirety of the superhero genre, going so far as to say that such films pollute the cinematic landscape in much the same way that poor environmental practices pollute the planet.
“Going to the movies has become like a theme park,” Foster said. “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.” (via Daily Mail)
Of course, taking shots at comic book flicks is nothing new; within the last decade or so, the likes of Roland Emmerich, David Cronenberg, Mel Gibson, Rose McGowan, and more have all gone out of their way to drag the genre through the mud. The backlash, however, does appear to be picking up a little steam; perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Avengers: Endgame recently became the highest-grossing film of all time, or that the entire world briefly lost their minds when Spider-Man was temporarily evicted from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or that Joker has become the most talked-about film of the fall and began generating Oscar buzz for its star, Joaquin Phoenix, well before it was even released.
We submit, however, that a sizable market for non-comic book fare still exists, and that if actors like Aniston and filmmakers like Scorsese don’t want to work in the genre, nobody is going to force them to. Heck, we hear that Scorsese just made his best film in years; it’s called The Irishman, and it’s not even about a guy flying around in a green suit, defeating his enemies by pelting them with explosive shamrocks.
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