How many ‘superhero’ movies are coming out this year? Who knows, but last time I looked it was something like one every ten weeks. Not only are there too many, there’s also the problem of them being pretty shitty and getting a free pass… especially Marvel’s movies, which are no better than DC’s recent turds. And if by recent we mean the last ten fucking years.
One respected actress and director agrees. Jodie Foster has slammed the vapid blue-screen kitsch plague as ‘bad content’ and ruinous to cinema. Speaking with Radio Times magazine, she has said;
“Going to the movies has become like a theme park. 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 $200 million movies about superheroes.”
Maybe she has a point. Perhaps overrated man-children comic movies are damaging cinema, because it was recently revealed that ticket sales (not to be confused with ticket prices) are at a 22 year low.