Have you had you fill of this year’s CGI figurine advert? What about this month? Shit, I know quite a few manchildren watch these things several times a week. Yes, of course, everyone knows that vacuous super hero movies where roid-fuelled supermodels pulverize high rise buildings into rubble in front of green screens are ten a penny these days. Ant Man, Goat Man, Ferret Man, whatever. This comes after actor Simon Pegg recently expressed concern. Of course, he was ordered to ‘clarify’ his statement.
Another man who has had enough is comics guru Alan Moore, who tells The Telegraph that super hero movies are culturally catastrophic.
“To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children’s characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence,” he wrote to Ó Méalóid. “It looks to me very much like a significant section of the public, having given up on attempting to understand the reality they are actually living in, have instead reasoned that they might at least be able to comprehend the sprawling, meaningless, but at-least-still-finite ‘universes’ presented by DC or Marvel Comics. I would also observe that it is, potentially, culturally catastrophic to have the ephemera of a previous century squatting possessively on the cultural stage and refusing to allow this surely unprecedented era to develop a culture of its own, relevant and sufficient to its times.”
This follows William Friedkin saying that super hero hegemony is ruining cinema. Although I don’t think we’ll see him taking to social media to recant at the behest of neckbeards.