The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) really popularized the superhero movie genre and brought it to the forefront of entertainment. To quote the Animatrix, “And for a time, it was good.” However, the increased saturation and the decline in quality had turned the superhero genre into Not Another Teen Movie superhero equivalent. According to Variety, legendary actress and movie director Jodie Foster believes that the superhero genre is ruining moviegoing and called superhero movies a “phase that lasted a little too long.”
Jodie Foster On The Current State Of Cinema
While speaking about her episode of Netflix Black Mirror, actress Jodie Foster, best known for her roles in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs and 1997’s Contact, discussed the current state of cinema, saying that the studios have turned movies into theme parks. According to her, Hollywood has traded quality for quantity to appeal to the content-hungry masses and rake in the money. This increases the studio’s earnings and appeases the masses, but it also wrecks the already bad state of cinema and the cinematic industry.
The Superhero Problem
Studies now suggest that modern society is addicted to content, and Jodie Foster might have a point when she says that superhero movies are wrecking the viewing habits of the American population and population worldwide. We were quick to replace a masterpiece such as 2007’s The Man From Earth, which can make your brain overheat, with The Eternals, The Marvels, and the whatnots that don’t actually have any real complex psychology but provide a quick dopamine fix. Don’t get us wrong, superhero movies aren’t bad. Quite the contrary, they’re great.
Would Jodie Foster Star In A Superhero Movie?
2008’s Iron Man was fantastic, and the same can be said about the whole Infinity saga in the MCU. Even the original DCEU was a charming movie experience that should have culminated with Zack Snyder’s Justice League. But the dip in quality is so palpable that even the content-hungry masses have nothing nice to say about the current state of superhero movies. That appears to be the whole point of Jodie Foster’s statement, especially since the actress stated that she would hop onto the superhero train if presented with the opportunity to make a truly meaningful film.
More Celebs Speaking Out
Even Disney, who churned out content after content, realized that quantity couldn’t replace quality, stating that they’re dialing down on their production—which only backs up the sentiment of Hollywood’s greats about superhero movies. Jodie Foster just joined a growing list of actors and artists in Hollywood, including Jon Hamm, Naomi Watts, and Reese Witherspoon, who have spoken out against superhero movies. Their reasons for avoiding superhero movies and the genre itself differ, but they all clearly believe that superhero movies are running cinema.
Jodie Foster’s Upcoming Projects
Jodie Foster is an American actress and filmmaker and a recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award for her acting talent, and two Primetime Emmy Awards for her producer and directorial works in movies and television. Her most recent release, the 2023 swimming drama Nyad, is currently streaming on Netflix, while True Detective Season 4 awaits its launch on January 14, 2024, on HBO.