Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñarritu is in something of a onse-sided feud with Marvel’s Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.
Iñarritu added to his name to the superhero-movie-bashing bandwagon back in 2014, whe he referred to the genre as “cultural genocide.” Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. was asked for a response shortly after, saying “For a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.”
Apparently the comments are still annoying Iñarritu, who has doubled down on the stance that has become a popular attention-grabber ever since Martin Scorsese said Marvel movies were “not cinema.”
Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s Superhero Misgivings
When giving his response to Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s comments, Marvel superstar Robert Downey Jr. said he “respects the heck out of” the director. Apparently, the feeling isn’t mutual.
While speaking to IndieWire about his new Netflix movie Bardo, Iñarritu was asked about Downey Jr.’s response to his superhero movie comments. “It was like ‘Oh, you guys from your banana country,’” the Birdman director said. “If I were from Denmark or Sweden, I might be seen as philosophical, but when you’re Mexican and you say things, you’re pretentious.”
Doubling down on his earlier comments, Iñarritu said:
“What the f*** does [‘superhero’] mean? It’s a false, misleading conception, the superhero. Then, the way they apply violence to it, it’s absolutely right wing. If you observe the mentality of most of those films, it’s really about people who are rich, who have power, who will do the good, who will kill the bad. Philosophically, I just don’t like them.”
Marvel fans might suggest Alejandro G. Iñarritu take another look at heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil, who come from decidedly working-class backgrounds and strive to help their communities. Or even that he gives Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man another watch – the story criticizes Tony Stark’s selfish billionaire lifestyle and shows him realizing his responsibility to his fellow man.
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