Roland Emmerich Reveals Why He Doesn’t Like Marvel Movies

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Plenty of filmmakers have shown their support for comic book adaptations over the past few years, but every now and then, we also hear of some directors who aren’t fans of the ever-growing genre. This time around, we’ve got Roland Emmerich, who you may know from various disaster movies such as Independence Day and its upcoming sequel, The Day After Tomorrow, 1998’s Godzilla and last but not least, 2012.

While doing the press rounds for Independence Day: Resurgence, Emmerich spoke with The Guardian and explained why he’s not that big of a fan of Marvel movies in particular:

“When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don’t like people in capes. I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.”

Apparently the director is a fan of original ideas, so it’s easy to see why he doesn’t appreciate these movies as much as some of us do. Truth be told, I’m kind of glad he doesn’t like them, since this probably means that he won’t get his hands anywhere near a beloved comic book character. What do you guys think? Do you agree with Emmerich’s comments? Be sure to sound-off your thoughts in the comment section.

Source: The Guardian (via CBM)

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • Alexa

    Um a ton of the Marvel characters are guys that were just regular Joe Schmos that happen to get superhero powers. That’s pretty much the basis for almost all superheroes.

    • Hunterbergfeld

      I know that is basically Captain America, a wimpy dude who gets powers and becomes stronger. Sounds like he’s a bit jealous

    • Victor Thomas

      That is literally every marvel character smh. I hate this new trend where people hate on comic book movies for the dumbest reasons, every movie this guy made is trash and he talks bad about comic book movies in general because capes? gtfoh

      • SAMURAI36

        That’s actually literally not every Marvel character. And for the life of me, I don’t get why so many people get mad at the majority of the world, because they don’t like superheroes. You all do realize, that you are in the minority, right?

        • Steve Steve

          Interesting choice of the pronoun “You”… Are you implying that you aren’t actually a fan of superheroes? Or, are you implying that DC characters aren’t superheroes?

          Also, there should be a comma following “actually.”

          • SAMURAI36

            What on earth are you even talking about?? Use some sense man. Of course I like superheroes, & of course DC characters are superheroes.
            I just told you that I have no problem with Superheroes. Perhaps if you spent more time listening to what I am actually saying, rather than looking for typos in my posts, then you’d know what I’m talking about.

          • Steve Steve

            I don’t believe you are the same person I have debated in the past. The caliber of your English is significantly lower than what I have come to expect from you.

            My question is: how many people are you?

          • SAMURAI36

            Let me know when there’s a point you’d like to make. Otherwise, I’m out.

          • Steve Steve

            Awesome. Come back when you’re the smart version of Sammy.

        • Victor Thomas
      • Alexa

        Yeah you don’t have to like them, but saying they’re bad is silly. Just cause they’re not your cup of tea doesn’t mean its bad, just that its not your cup of tea. Like with me and Westerns…

    • Brownstones19

      I think what he means is that his protagonists aren’t superpowered.

      • Alexa

        Even then not all the heroes have superpowers, i.e. Falcon, War Machine, Ant-Man, even Black Panther. Sure they have gadgets, but aside from T’Challa who is a King, they’re regular guys just trying to do good…

    • SAMURAI36

      This is false, especially for about 70% of the Marvel Universe.

      • Alexa

        I suppose…

  • Axxell

    In other words, he’s a fan of his own stuff only.

    • SAMURAI36

      And you know this, because….

      • Axxell

        “When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around.”

        Which is not a coherent argument, per se, but essentially that’s what it boils down to.

        • SAMURAI36

          No, you said je was a fan of his stuff ONLY. How do you know that the only material je likes is his own stuff? Especially when there are plenty of films out there that fit his precise description?

          • Axxell

            Because he didn’t speak about those movies…he spoke about HIS movies.

          • SAMURAI36

            Wow, would an idiotic assumption. So, because he only mentions his movies, means he only likes his movies??

            You’re stooping to new lows. I didn’t realize how much damage I’ve been doing to you, by hitting you in the head with so much anti-Marvel info as of late.

          • Axxell

            No, it’s just that you’re retarded…everyone else can see this guy is full of himself.

  • Steve Steve

    The fundamental concept behind Marvel was that they are regular guys/gals who acquire extraordinary powers… Roland, you ignoramus.

    • SAMURAI36

      Not all Marvel characters fit that description. In fact, more than half of them don’t.

      • Steve Steve

        This is true. I was referring to the original concept behind the characters that Stan Lee helped develop in the 60’s. FF, Spider-man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, etc. were all people who became superheroes (though all were exceptional humans to begin with). There are, of course, exceptions: X-Men, most of Jack Kirby’s characters, etc.

        The point remains that FF (the first superhero book from Marvel), and Spider-Man (the face of Marvel for over 50 years) portray characters who were normal people who acquired fantastical 😉 powers.

        • SAMURAI36

          The X-men are not “exceptions”. They represent a HUGE part of Marvel’s franchise. Also, I notice you didn’t mention Thor.
          Besides, why are you trying to limit the category to just what Stan Lee created? I don’t recall Roland doing that.
          Speaking of which this entire aspect of the discussion is one big goal post transfer…. Roland said nothing whatsoever about characters gaining powers later on. He simply said he doesn’t like characters putting on capes & flying around.

      • Axxell

        More like a few don’t. Most of the major Marvel characters are what you could consider regular people living regular lives aside from having special abilities and using them for good.

        • SAMURAI36

          Right, because The X-Men live “regular lives”. Too bad mutants outnumber heroes that are “regular people” in the MU, nearly 3:1. And what about those Inhumans? That’s a whole ‘nother RACE of people.

          But all of this is completely irrelevant to the original point, which was that Emmerich doesn’t like people with powers whatsoever. It’s completely irrelevant as to how they acquired those powers.

          • Axxell

            I disagree with that interpretation of Emmerich’s quote, but in any case, my comment was directed at your claim that most Marvel characters don’t live regular lives.

          • SAMURAI36

            Doesn’t matter what you disagree with, that’s not what he said.

            And it’s false that “most Marvel characters live regular lives”.

          • Axxell

            You don’t think Peter Parker is a regular guy with powers?

          • SAMURAI36

            So you’re going to nickel and dime me, with exceptions to the rule, instead of acknowledging that MOST of the MU don’t live as regular people with powers?

            Never mind the fact that it’s completely irrelevant to what Emmerich actually said.

          • Axxell

            Well if you’re gonna claim that most of the Marvel Universe aren’t “regular guys”, I’m gonna need real examples to agree…but when you go down the list of Marvel characters, you know it’s not true. Other than a few exceptions, most of them have normal lives outside of saving the world/country/city/neighborhood.

          • SAMURAI36

            Read my other posts, man. I’ve already answered this several times here.

          • Axxell

            No you haven’t.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re an idiot. I gave you the examples in this particular discussion tree. Stop acting like a fool, & learn how to read, or else I’m gonna consider putting you on the ignore list.

          • Axxell

            Go ahead and do it. You know I owned you on every argument we’ve had; might as well give up and hide so I won’t embarrass you in public…you never stood a chance anyways.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO. All that money Marvel has been giving Trump has got you delusional.

            But that’s nowhere near enough to dissuade me from Axxe(ll)ing you. Nice try though.

            So buh-bye Marvel chump. My &$$ sends its regards.

            http://static2.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/10/100647/3057459-myass.png

          • Axxell

            LMAO. All that money Marvel has been giving Trump has got you delusional.

            Coming from the guy who brings Trump into a completely unrelated discussion…

  • Marquis de Sade

    Sounds like sour grapes, aka MARVEL’S TOO SUCCESSFUL!

  • Chris W

    Good job Roland. At the tender age of 60 you finally learned that different people have different tastes. Congrats. Differing subjective tastes doesn’t make it silly though. I’m sure many in North America are wondering why the Hoff is such a mega star over there. But I say to each their own.

    • SAMURAI36

      Actually, “Hoff” was a star here, before he was a star there. Knight Rider & Bay Watch put him on the map in a big way. In contrast, Superheroes never gained a footing historically in Europe,

      • Chris W

        You have such a black and white perspective it’s almost comical. Like you’re not even a real person.

  • flavortang

    As a German, Roland should be used to people dressing in funny costumes and throwing their weight around, causing lots of property damage.

  • PicturePlay

    I guess Emmerich should’ve directed X Men : Apocalypse. It would fit in to his genre specialty.

  • mrneddles

    This guy needs a steaming hot cup of STFU.

  • Carl

    By his comments it sounds like he just doesn’t like superheroes in general. That’s ok they aren’t for everyone but his movies aren’t for most. Especially if ID2 is bad. lol

  • David Silcox

    Let us know when you make a good movie, Roland.

  • JMMagwood

    HA! Is he serious?!? Maybe Marvel movies are too coherent for him to follow.

    • SAMURAI36

      Then he’d be alone in that.

      • JMMagwood

        Heh.

  • SAMURAI36

    I’m a person that can appreciate the fact that Superheroes are not everyone’s cup of tea. Superheroes are largely an American concept, so alot of what those of us that grew up on them find appealing, is lost on people who grew up in other places.

    • Steve Steve

      This is true. Superheroes are legitimately silly, and a childish pursuit. I think the problem with what he said is the implication that they are more silly than the films he makes. Hypocrisy, thy name is Roland.

      Also, you feelin’ okay there? Some pretty shoddy grammar in your comment.

      Thought you were the high standard to which the rest of us should aspire…

      • SAMURAI36

        I don’t agree that “superheroes are silly.” They are the pantheons of our day & time. They are the personification of ideals & morals.
        Honestly, I don’t really know Roland, or keep up with which films he’s directed, enough to care. Bit that’s beyond my point. Superheroes transcend any one genre, so the quality of his movies are irrelevant for me.
        And also, can you point out my grammatical errors? I’ve combed my last post more than once, & I’m not seeing it.

        • Steve Steve

          Every story is the personification of the ideals and morals of the writer. Whether the medium is silly or not has no bearing on the concept of storytelling. We can agree to disagree on whether comics are silly, I think.

          There were two errors. You wrote “alot” instead of “a lot.” I acknowledge that is more of a typo than a grammatical error, but I’ll call you on it now because you “combed [your] last post more than once.” The other error is: “us that grew up” instead of “us who grew up.”

          I don’t make a habit of critiquing the grammar of other commenters, but you’re a special case. Cheerio

          • SAMURAI36

            Ah, so you’re nitpicking. Got it.
            Back to the actual discussion…
            Nothing you mentioned makes the conception of superheroes silly, least of all by default. So, is Horus silly? Or Zeus? Or Quetzalcoatl?
            Why is one pantheon considered “classical”, while another is considered silly?

  • Yes Indeed

    not alot of capes in marvel movies.