Roland Emmerich, ‘10,000 B.C.’ director, doesn’t get these ‘silly’ superhero movies

06.20.16 11 months ago

Look, I”m no giant superhero movie fanatic, but when you”re Roland Emmerich — the guy who directed 10,000 B.C., Independence Day and the 1998 version of Godzilla — it”s a tad disingenuous to bash other people”s movies for being dopey. But anyway, he did! From the Guardian (via Indiewire):

Emmerich is filled with similar disdain at the notion that his films have anything in common with the superhero genre currently crowding multiplexes. “When you look at my movies it”s always the regular Joe Schmo that”s the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don”t like people in capes. I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don”t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that”s probably why.”

Ok, Roland. How is the sight of “people in funny suits running around” sillier than, say, an American satellite technician devising a computer virus to bring down a giant alien spacecraft with vastly superior technology? Or a giant lizard-monster destroying a city? Or a corn-fed, model-hot white gay man being the key instigator of the Stonewall riots? All I'm saying is, when you direct blatantly silly movies for a living, it's probably best to use descriptors other than “silly” to denigrate other people”s blatantly silly (and, many would argue, artistically superior) movies.

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