James Gunn Rescues Superhero Genre From Foster’s Comments

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The superhero movie genre has gained immense traction in Hollywood. Three of the top studios, Disney, Warner Bros and Fox have massive spending on such films. A DC-Marvel rivalry that was initially limited to the comic world has now expanded to the movie arena. While many are excited about such movies there are some who express reservations.

As reported by Radio Times, Jodie Foster believes that its been a large influx of these films at the moment, worried that the American viewing habits are being negatively impacted. The superhero genre advocates were quick to respond to Foster’s viewpoint. James Gunn (Director of Guardians of Galaxy) responded with five tweets.

Gunn’s first tweet said that “I think [Jodie] 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,” This continued with a series of tweets which were as follows.

“I say not without basis because most studio franchise films are somewhat 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 her talent and what she’s done for films, and I appreciate her different way of looking at Hollywood’s landscape.”

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