Don’t expect Jodie Foster to be joining the DCEU or MCU any time soon.
The Academy Award-winning actress recently blasted super hero movies while speaking with Radio Times.
“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.”
The Daily Mail does note that while Jodie Foster insists she doesn’t want to make “$200 million movies about superheroes,” and she says that CGI and that sort of “spectacle” is not the reason why she makes movies, she doesn’t totally rule out a role as she would consider a superhero protagonist if they had “really complex psychology.”
“I feel like I make movies because there are things I have to say in order to figure out who I am or my place in the world, or for me to evolve as a person,” Foster says.
Jodie Foster’s sentiments actually echo my own, as after watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and even Justice League, it’s become clear the super hero movies out there are dumbed-down for the general audience.
James Mangold also recently brought up a similar notion as he put it forth the Disney and Fox Studios merger may mean less movies like his Logan, which was considered a gamble, but became a huge success.
“The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that there will be no Happy Meals. There will be no action figures. The entire merchandising, cross-pollinating side of selling the movie to children is dead before you even start. And when that’s dead, it means you’re making a grown-up movie… you don’t come under the pressure of how a 12-year-old is going to react to the movie, not just in terms of violence or language but in terms of pace or even the depth of interest in what people are talking about. We’ve now so co-opted this idea that these movies are not really stories, but are merchandise entities. You can’t kill the characters because they’re worth so much effing money.”