If you've ever seen a David Cronenberg film, you'll probably agree the writer-director of such bizarre features as The Fly, Videodrome, and eXistenZ marches to the beat of his own drum. So maybe it won't surprise you to discover Cronenberg isn't a fan of superhero movies. Actually, he kind of loathes them.
While promoting his latest odd odyssey, Cosmopolis, Cronenberg spoke with Next Movie, and revealed his thoughts on the genre that has long dominated summer box offices. With so many respected directors (Kenneth Branagh, Christopher Nolan, and Michel Gondry just name a few) attempting to elevate the genre, the interviewer inquired, would Cronenberg ever consider helming a superhero adventure? The short answer is no, but specifically, he replied:
This is sure to be considered fighting words to the hoards of devoted Nolan fans who made such an uproar about any negative word about The Dark Knight Rises about its opening. But Cronenberg ups the ante by attacking comic books directly, declaring:
He goes on to say he's aware some people feel horror movies—of which he's made many—can't be considered art, but he believes a horror film can also be an art film. The difference between his preferred genre and superhero movies, he suggests, lies in part in budgets and studio expectations. He posits that superhero movies with their enormous budgets and star-studded casts attract a lot of studio oversight, and he believes this damages the artistic integrity of a movie:
Personally, I think he makes an interesting point about the power struggle between studios and their directors. One reason many felt The Avengers was such a successful film was that Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures backed writer-director Joss Whedon's instincts on the project, from bringing back The Black Widow, to focusing on Loki, to not revealing the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier in Captain America's finale.However, I do think it's unreasonable to write off comics and their adaptations so casually. As a horror movie director, you'd think he'd better realize that any genre can produce cinematic excellence.
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