“Going to the Movies has Become Like a Theme Park” – Do You Agree with Jodie Foster?

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Cinema in the past decade has been dominated by superhero films, with the MCU alone amassing $5 billion in its time.

It’s almost a certainty that any movie under the genre will be successful and almost everybody enjoys them.

Almost everybody.

Whilst speaking with Radio Times about her episode of Netflix‘s Black Mirror, director and actress Jodie Foster looked back on her career this far, and even weighed in on the impact that the superhero phenomenon is having on Hollywood, and it isn’t too flattering.

“Going to the movies has become like a theme park,” Foster says.

“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.

I don’t want to make $200m movies about superheroes.”

Foster ended the interview stating how the only way she’d get involved in a superhero movie is if “there was one that had really complex psychology.

Foster is the latest in what is becoming an ever-growing list of actors and actresses who have spoken out against the superhero genre, including Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon, and even Jon Hamm – who, interestingly enough, has been rumoured to be in the running for Batman in recent months.

Each of them has a different reason for not liking and/or avoiding superhero projects entirely, however, they all believe that the genre is ruining Hollywood and cinema.

Speaking out on the side of superhero movies, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn weighed in on Jodie’s controversial comments over on Twitter.

James Gunn, in a series of Tweets, how cinema needs to adapt and evolve and “NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t.

Added to these comments, there’s Rotten Tomatoes scores and ratings for various superhero movies, and whilst there are a few stinkers such as Justice League and Suicide Squad, there’s plenty of high-rated hits such as Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, and Gunn’s own Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – each of which are “certified fresh” and rank above the 90 percentile.

And, of course, there’s websites such as this one dedicated to covering the genre and the ins and outs of all things geeky.

There’s no end in sight for superhero movies as the current 2018 slate is full to the brim, with Marvel Studio‘s Black Panther prowling the cinemas from 9th February, whilst The New Mutants and Avengers: Infinity War will be taking over the big screens come April, with many more on the horison following them.

-James, 08/01/2018

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