“If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb.”
If you haven’t noticed, Super Hero and Comic Book Movies are definitely HOT right now. We’ll, that probably one of the reasons why films of other genres are jealous or annoyed of their successes.
When director Dan Gilroy won for “best first feature film” at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards, his acceptance speech ended with this:
“Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry,” said Gilroy. “We have survived and we have thrived and I think that’s true spirit.”
During the 87th Academy Awards opening, Jack Black sung a cynical rock song about Hollywood’s obsession on CBMs:
…Pitchin’ tents for tent poles and chasin’ Chinese bucks.
Opening with lots of zeroes
All we get are superheroes…-formulaic scripts!
And way back on October, the newly-awarded Oscar winner director Alejandro González Iñárritu said that super hero films are just cash cows, “ultimately, it’s about nothing” and that these types just leaves no room for good films (ouch!).
Obviously exasperated by the comments, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, wrote a passionate message on his Facebook page. These are some of his words that stands out:
“Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite”
“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.”
“I’ve made B-movies, independent films, children’s movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they’ve taken from the works of others.”
“If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. 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.”
In defense to Gilroy’s words, I personally take his words as not hitting on CBMs rather it is a true fact that films like Guardians of the Galaxy are widespread and have mostly conquered the box-office, thus independent films need to work harder. Gunn should just let this slide since Gilroy said it at a ceremony that praises films like Nightcrawler.
Overall, Gunn does speak the truth.