Since Marvel Studios exploded onto the scene with Iron Man in 2008, the topic of superhero saturation in Hollywood has been a major talking point. We’ve seen four superhero movies already this year, with Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad and Marvel’s Doctor Strange still on the way. Clearly the box office draw indicates that lots of people enjoy them and are nowhere near tired of talking about them, let along buying tickets to see them in theaters. But the prolific nature of superhero films has many wondering how long it will be before the bubble bursts. One person seemingly ready to ask that question is director Roland Emmerich, who has Independence Day: Resurgence heading into theaters next week.
As many know, Emmerich has quite the filmography of massive (and massively destructive) films. Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), 2012, and White House Down, just to name a few. More than a few of these are predicated upon some pretty “out there” concepts, but apparently Emmerich’s personal suspension of disbelief ends when the costumes come out.
While promoting Resurgence, Emmerich discussed the superhero trend in an interview with The Guardian:
“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.”
What’s interesting about him specifically calling out Marvel’s films is that Marvel heroes are often differentiated from their “god-like” DC brethren by their “every-man” nature. It’s understandable that if you weren’t raised with people in super-suits, it may be a difficult concept to go with. But it’s also interesting to see where some people draw the line.
Hopefully the takeaway from all of this is not that superhero fans can never be friends with Roland Emmerich, but that everybody has their own arbitrary point where the suspension of disbelief is no longer possible. For some, it’s protagonists in capes. For some, it’s an actor’s lackluster performance. And for others still, it’s a climax that involves hacking an alien mothership with a Macintosh PowerBook.
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Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters this Friday, June 24, 2016.