June 20, 2016


Superhero Movies Are 'Silly,' Says Director/Disaster Porn King Roland Emmerich

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Batman, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Superman, Captain America, Iron Man: Roland Emmerich, the 60-year-old German blockbuster boy behind Independence Day and the upcoming sequel, Resurgence, thinks they're "silly"! All of 'em, and all the rest of their big screen world-saving ilk. Never mind this is the guy who directed the abysmal, inexplicably Matthew Broderick–y 1998 Godzilla remake, plus 2012, White House Down and The Day After Tomorrow—all objectively silly movies. Let's just hear the dude out, via 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.”

Let's proceed to the explanation of Independence Day: Resurgence! “The spaceship, the mothership, is coming down to Earth and it’s even bigger than the old one," Emmerich says. "So imagine a big object like this that has its own gravity and then what it does, it comes over Asia, sucks up Asia and then when it lands, it dumps Asia on Europe!”

Okay, that actually sounds dope. But if we're grading on the "I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies" curve, then this shit's just as goofy.

Still, Emmerich, who says he finances his own films and is "a big believer in original ideas", is down to bemoan the state of Hollywood:

“It’s a little bit like what happens in every other industry. When you look at the clothing industry, where are the little boutiques? Yeah, they are still there but in very small numbers. Everything else is big franchises, like Gap. Every fashion brand has to become a franchise or they will not survive.”

Maybe it's time we start getting used to Hollywood looking the way it does and quit wasting time tsk-tsking it before every Friday's new tentpole premieres.

Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast talk about Captain America: Civil War, which is great, at the 20:50 mark below: