• Brian Flinchbaugh

Ethan Hawke Not a Fan of Superhero Films

Following his lifetime achievement award at the Locarno Film Festival, Ethan Hawke recently did an interview with Film Stage, and needless to say, he’s not the world’s biggest superhero fan. In fact, he thinks superhero movies receive too much recognition.


Here’s what he told Film Stage. “Now we have the problem that they tell us ‘Logan’ is a great movie. Well, it’s a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands It’s not Bresson. It’s not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is,” Hawke said.


He continued.


“I went to see ‘Logan’ cause everyone was like, ‘This is a great movie’ and I was like, ‘Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie.’ There’s a difference but big business doesn’t think there’s a difference. Big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they wanna make money off of it.”


I’ve enjoyed plenty of Hawke’s work and his passion for independent filmmaking is admirable, but this is the problem with many of these Hollywood stars. They don’t understand that people don’t actually want to see the boring little movies they make. The Academy doesn’t understand this either, and their baloney category of Best Popular Film doesn’t change anything. Give a nod to a popular film for Best Picture. It will never win, but at least acknowledge something that people actually pay money to go see. And your ratings will increase in the process.


When a family of four goes to the movies, they’re easily looking at spending $100 between tickets and concessions. Why do they shell out that kind of money? Because they want to be entertained. The average moviegoer doesn’t care how great the sound editing of a $2,000 indie film is. They want to have fun.


So yes, Ethan, you can continue to put down the superhero genre, but audiences will continue to spend their money enjoying movies like Avengers and Star Wars and Transformers that don’t involve you.

But hey, at least you’ll feel superior.

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