James Gunn Responds to Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster – Superhero Overload?

Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster recently came out against the superhero movie genre. Was she right?

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.

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James Gunn Responds

James Gunn, the writer-director for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, has weighed in on Twitter in regards to Jodie Foster’s comments on the subject.

I think Foster looks at film in an old-fashioned way where spectacle film can’t be thought-provoking. It’s often true but not always. Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis. I say not without basis because most studio franchise films are quite soulless – and that is a real danger to the future of movies. But there are also quite a few exceptions.

For cinema to survive I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.

But, to be fair, at least from Foster’s quotes, she seems to see filmmaking as something that’s primarily about her own personal growth. For me, that may be part of why I do this, but spending many millions of dollars on a film has to be about more than that – it’s communication – so my experience is merely one spoke on that wheel. But I respect Foster and what she’s done for films and I appreciate her different way of looking at Hollywood’s landscape.

James Gunn gave a very courteous response on the subject. Basically he said there are many different type of films that have always come out of Hollywood and there will always be a need for many different type of films.

My Thoughts

When I read the comments from Jodie Foster, I had to sit back and think about what I go see at the movie theaters today. The answer was superhero movies (or that type of movie). Why was that? Maybe it’s because I grew up seeing these characters in their comics and wanting to see them on the live action screen. It’s something I knew about which makes it easier to understand when seeing it on the big screen.

Do I go see other types of movies? Rarely, and I consider myself a movie goer. I believe that it’s so much harder for a “new” movie with no history behind it to make it these days. Why do you think there are so many re-boots and sequels out there? It’s because they are proven movies. Would you rather go see The fast and The Furious No 247 or see a new movie that except for a trailer you’ve seen really know nothing about (and that trailer better be very good to pique someone’s interest). If a movie coming out has no history behind it, not a re-boot, not a sequel, not based off an animated movie, not a popular book, then it’s very hard for that movie to make any money. In that case, studios will always go back to to the tried and true.

What do you think about movies these days. Have we gone too far with superhero movies. What type of movies do you like to see?

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