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MOONFALL Director Roland Emmerich: Marvel and Star Wars Are ‘Ruining Our Industry’

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Roland Emmerich thoughts on comic book movies hold a lot of truth.

Comic book movies and shows have always been profitable. Before Iron Man and Spider-Man, there was Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman. It just so happened that the genre grew larger than anyone could have imagined. Any television station and streaming service with money to spend grabs a comic book property.

At first, it was just Marvel and DC Comics. Once all of the money-making names were purchased, we started seeing franchises that the uninformed may not know about. Locke and Key, Invincible, and The Boys are only a few of the non-Marvel and DC comic book properties to become popular programs.

From the popularity of comic book projects came detractors (mostly from old men). Bill Maher, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese are among the well-known faces in Hollywood to talk bad about comics and the people who enjoy them. Scorsese said the movies, “Aren’t cinema.” Ford Coppola called them despicable. Bill Maher went as far as to insult people who enjoy them by calling the films “childish.” Which is hilarious considering the content in most comic books is adult.

Recently, Den of Geeks conversed with Moonfall director Roland Emmerich. When the topic of comic books and Star Wars movies came up, his thoughts were clear as day. However, unlike the men earlier, Emmerich didn’t trash them. Instead, he offered a brilliant idea of making original projects. He said, 

“Because naturally Marvel and DC Comics, and Star Wars, have pretty much taken over. It’s ruining our industry a little bit, because nobody does anything original anymore.”

Roland Emmerich isn’t totally wrong

If you’ve paid attention to movies, you’ll see a lot of remakes, prequels, and continuations of older movies being made. Coming 2 America, Jumanji, and Blade Runner 2049 are just a few examples. This year alone we’ve seen a continuation of Scream and the Matrix and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is on its way. This more than proves Roland Emmerich’s point of needing new ideas.

People are tired of remakes. Even if they look good, people don’t want to spend the money or risk covid going to see them. They’ll wait for them to stream where they can watch them at home. It’s why HBO Max has been killing the game recently. Their service has allowed a plethora of movies to be watched for free while they were in theaters. Disney Plus charges around $30 but you’re in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’re not paying concession stand money for food and drinks.

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Comic book movies put butts in seats

Times are tough. Covid has kept us in the house and the last president gave us four years of misery. People want to see brightly colored heroes beating the big alien villain with purple skin and a rigged chin. It’s escapism with a lot of heart and action within it. 

Are comic book projects ruining the movie? Absolutely not. It’s actually opened the door for more creativity. As Roland Emmerich said, there’s rarely anything with a new idea worth watching. When something imaginative and interesting comes out, people notice. Movies like The Harder they Fall and shows like Squid Games and Snowfall drew people in because they were different. People want to see something fresh. It just so happens that the dorky projects are in. Just like horror movies and gangster flicks ruled for an extended period of time.

So, if you’re upset that comic book and Star Wars movies are “ruining movies, then do what Roland Emmerich said and make something original.

What do you think, readers? Is Roland Emmerich correct? Let us know in the comments below. 

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