Academy Award-winning actress and director Jodie Foster believes big-budget films like superhero movies are ruining Hollywood.
Most recently directing an episode of Black Mirror‘s fourth season, Jodie Foster discussed the degradation of Hollywood with Radio Times magazine:
“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.”
Hollywood has ostensibly lost its mid-budget films ever since superhero films became the norm in the 2010’s. These mid-budget films were the perfect middle ground for any genre, allowing it to breathe freely with a budget that allowed it a decent cast and crew. Nowadays, films seem to either be independent or big-budget, with that middle-ground slowly, but surely fading away.
“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.”
Jodie Foster continued by discussing if she would ever make a superhero film if given the chance. She responded by saying she would consider it if it were “psychologically complex”.
While most superhero films follow the same formula, there have been films like Logan and Deadpool that have shifted the tide, producing more mature, authentic films within the confines of the genre. Maybe studio heads will take Foster’s advice and decide to make less super-hero oriented films, though that notion is doubtful considering they seem to be the only saving grace for theatre-owners these days.
Source: Radio Times