James Gunn, Joe Russo, and Joss Whedon agree: superhero movies are “real” movies. As far as Hollywood is concerned, superhero movies are all right for making a profit for the studios, but they’re not “real” movies with real art. Superhero movies bring in millions of dollars, but seldom win awards for anything other than special effects.
Writer/director James Gunn responded to criticism that superhero movies take less talent to make. “If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a ‘serious’ filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.”
“It’s strange that the comic book film genre,” Joe Russo said, “is so often thought of only in terms of its economic merits.”
In an interview in D23 Magazine, Joss Whedon said “The pressure is not financial. It’s artistic. I need to make a better movie than I made the last time. If I don’t make a better movie than I made last time then I have not done my job.”
Critics may think superhero blockbusters take “less love, care, and thought” than serious films. Gunn, Russo, and Whedon will continue to prove their critics wrong by producing movies with heart, and attracting those big sponsors like HealthImaging