While Independence Day may have had it’s share of imitators following it’s release back in 1996, it seems that director Roland Emmerich believes the film has gone on to become the “most imitated film” of the last 20 years. The director seems to especially think that Marvel Studios & Warner Bros. DC films are ripping off his work. While speaking with Loaded, the director had the following to say in regards to the matter.
“I felt that when I saw some of these Marvel movies or DC movies from Warners. I felt, ‘oh my God that looks familiar to me’. Why is Superman bashing so many buildings? I was actually warned already by Steven Spielberg that this will happen. He said Independence Day will be the most imitated film of the next 20 years – and he was right. Smart man.”
While there definitely were some films that attempted to imitate the success of Independence Day, it’s hard to imagine that the filmmakers behind recent superhero films are looking at that film for ideas. The director then went on to additionally comment on his lack of interest when it comes to superhero films.
“Very early in my career I was offered one or two of those, but it’s not my kind of film. I grew up in Germany and we weren’t big on superheroes to begin with – they didn’t work as well as everywhere else in the world. Only now they work very well. I just also felt that I wanted to make my own films. I pride myself to make originals. Even Independence Day: Resurgence is quite original for a sequel because it’s more the continuation of the story.”
Uh, alright then Roland. Stay humble. What do you think about Emmerich’s comments? Let us know your thoughts in the section below.