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Jodie Foster Trashes Bloated ‘Superhero’ Epidemic

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.

  • Truth

    Superhero movies are the only reason people still go to the movies — the kind of quality dramas that Foster is known for have found their place on TV and streaming.

  • French Predator

    The super hero movies damaged the action genre, because the people can’t think about an action movie if there arn’t 250 million bucks and people in spandex.
    Classic action movies with a decent budget are not taken seriously anymore in the west.
    We’re still lucky to get movies like The Raid, John Wick, but there are seldom.

    • The Night Rider

      The funny thing is that they look more fake than ever despite the budgets. Horrible, horrible fake background/horizons/skies/seas. Some God awful blue/green screening in big films these days.

      • French Predator

        yeah it’s the mcdonald version of food.

  • Mucho Macho

    She’s right about the theme park aspect of the movie going experience. I miss going to the theater just to watch whatever for $4.

    What she means really is that people now have gotten in their heads that the only reason to see a movie at a movie theater is if the movie is like a big gigantic special effects spectacle while smaller films now ( including those in the action genre ) are not viewed as worthy to even be playing in cinemas.

    During the holiday break my mother asked me what movies were playing in theaters cause she wanted to see a movie and we couldn’t find anything for her cause as she complained “Everything was a Star Wars and for kids” and she was right.

    So yeah Foster has a point about the “theme park mentality” of today’s moviegoer.
    Shit.. I even went to one of these theaters
    (Expensive as fuck…even if the movie is shit) ⤵
    https://youtu.be/kGW-vNsxkv4

    • Jake

      “smaller films now are not viewed as worthy to even be playing in cinemas”

      The Jack Reacher films are a good example of this. Those would’ve both been considered high-profile movies back in the 90s, but younger audiences dismissed them as something that belonged on cable or Netflix.

      • Mucho Macho

        True..very good examples, The Jack Reacher films. I kind of miss the movie star era a bit sometimes.

        Social media has taken the mystery out of the movie stars & they are not as important as they once were and fame used to be associated with achievement. Now obviously with reality TV for instance, it’s not. A perfect example of this are The Kardashians.

        You know yesterday I was channel surfing and I stumbled upon the movie “Tin Cup” starring Kevin Costner and Don Johnson, which I had not seen in a while & I remember that this was a big summer release back in the mid-90s. It’s amazing how times have changed. When not long ago a comedy or drama was still considered a big-time summer release as long as it had some movie stars in it. And that was one of the good things about the movie star era. It wasn’t specific to a genre or a type of film.

        • Jake

          Yes movie stars have largely been replaced by brand names. It’s much easier to sell a generic label like Marvel or Star Wars both globally and online, especially in an age where celebrities can be polarizing.

          Tin Cup is a cool, laid-back film. Not only do you get to see a pre-Nash Bridges Don Johnson and Cheech but that was also back when Rene Russo seemed to be the romantic lead for just about every big star.

  • Jake

    I don’t think any one genre is to blame. When I was growing up, the “serious” adults complained there were too many action movies with bullets and explosions flooding the marketplace.

    The internet (and especially social media) has simply changed how people view movies. Theatrical windows have gotten ridiculously short, so missing a film at the theater is no longer a big deal. Not when there’s so much other entertainment vying for everyone’s attention anyway.

  • Stig Johansen

    She is spot on.