With over 40 comic book movie properties in development, there was bound to be talk of when fans will get tired of the genre. Recently, Steven Spielberg spoke on it and said that they would go “the way of the Western”. Even Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder added to the conversation by agreeing with Spielberg’s controversial comments in a recent interview with Yahoo. It didn’t take long for another celebrity to put his two cents. In a recent interview with GQ, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds touches on the subject of “Superhero Fatigue”:
“Yeah! Absolutely. And then sometimes that friction can cause something amazing to happen. But that’s more on smaller movies. Because in the bigger movies they’re not willing to have any degree of risk. So there’s no room for the character to be divisive in any way. They have to fulfill some kind of illusory ideal of the perfect man, you know, particularly in superhero films. And you look at them now, and I think why a lot of them are working is that Marvel in particular handles those properties really well. You know, they really know what they’re doing, and they know how to appeal to a vast audience in a way that also has some real artistic merit, too. Then there’s other people that are just totally fatigued by the superhero genre.
“It’s a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe. I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.”
Ryan Reynolds goes on to speak about the failure that was 2015’s Fantastic Four and how it could possibly affect the casts future:
“I’m more frustrated about the Michael B. Jordan aspect than Miles Teller. You know, Miles Teller’s gonna recover. Miles Teller’s gonna go on to do amazing things, you know. It’s important that Michael B. Jordan continues to go on and do amazing things. I know it’s not easy for a black actor. It’s not easy for a female actor. It’s not easy for a lot of people that are… That entire cast is amazingly talented. And I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. I mean, I know what that feels like. It doesn’t feel good. And it also is difficult, because you don’t feel like you can control that outcome. You know, as much as you want to. You can’t really”
I wholeheartedly agree with all of Ryan Reynolds’ comments. I am looking forward to Deadpool in February and I know Teller and Jordan will get back on their feet after this. I hope Deadpool is a hit for Reynolds and doesn’t strengthen the argument that we are in some type of fatigue with the Superhero Genre.
What do you guys think of Ryan Reynolds’ comments in this interview? Do you agree that Deadpool is safe from “Superhero Fatigue”? Sound off in the comments section!
Deadpool hits theaters February 12th, 2016!