Jodie Foster won’t be going up, up and away any time soon if her recent comments about comic book movies are anything to go by. During an interview with the Radio Times (via The Telegraph), the director of a recent Black Mirror episode, made it pretty clear that she’s not a fan of all this Marvel/DC piffle and deemed it all as ‘bad content’.

Pulling absolutely no punches, the two-time Oscar-winner stated that “Going to the movies has become like a theme park,” telling the magazine that “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 $200m (£150) movies about superheroes.”

Whilst this will no doubt get up the backs of anyone who is scheduling their year around Black Panther, Deadpool 2 and the like, Foster sort of, kinda hinted that she’d be open to making a comic book movie under very special circumstances. If the movie came with a ‘really complex psychology’, then maybe it could sway her into reconsidering her view on this blockbuster bombardment, but don’t hold your breath.

It’s easy to see where Foster is coming from and all you’d have to do is look at last year’s box office receipts. Out of the top 10 movies in the U.S., six of them were comic book movies (Wonder Woman, Guardians Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Logan and Justice League). What’s even more concerning is that in the top 20, only three were original stories, not affiliated with any franchise, remake, adaptation, or sequel (Dunkirk, Coco and Get Out).

Interestingly, following Foster’s statement Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, gave a response which was just as fair and understanding.

There’s strong cases on either side but it seems the major issue is that there’s undeniably a lack of original ‘content’ that’s not getting enough attention. Looking at the cinema release schedule for this year, that might change. If not, well, that’s what Netflix is for, right?


What do you think? Whose side are you on? And if you had to pick the film the you’re most excited about this year, which comic book hero stars in it?

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