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Director Roland Emmerich Says Marvel, DC, And Star Wars Films Are 'Ruining Our Industry'

Director Roland Emmerich Says Marvel, DC, And Star Wars Films Are 'Ruining Our Industry'

The Independence Day director reckons there's nothing original anymore.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Roland Emmerich has hit out against superhero and Jedi films for 'ruining' the film industry.

The legendary director behind the likes of 2012, Godzilla and Independence Day was asked for his take on how the likes of Marvel, DC and the Star Wars franchise has impacted cinema.

He did not hold back and believes the huge amount of attention in getting these blockbusters made means there's less focus on telling new stories.

The director knows a thing or two about bringing a disaster film to the big screen and he reckons that genre has been affected by the superhero and Jedi narratives.


Roland told Den of Geek: "Oh yes. 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."

Den of Geek notes how Roland's comments specifically about Star Wars are interesting considering the original movie released in 1977 helped inspire him to become a director.

However, it's worth keeping in mind that a lot has changed since then and we have seen two more cinematic trilogies released and Disney has delivered several TV shows that have become huge fan obsessions.

What isn't surprising is his distaste for seeing Superman, Spider-Man and Batman films done over and over again.

According to Insider, Roland told a press junket for his 2019 film Midway: "When I see Marvel movies, my eyes glaze over. I watch them on the plane so I can fall asleep."


Emmerich is part of a growing list of directors who have criticised these humungous money making films.

Martin Scorsese explained to Empire magazine: "That's not cinema.

"Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn't the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being."

Ridley Scott also isn't a fan of the genre, telling Deadline: "Almost always, the best films are driven by the characters, and we'll come to superheroes after this if you want, because I'll crush it. I'll f***ing crush it. They're f***ing boring as s**t.

"Their scripts are not any f***ing good. I think I've done three great scripted superhero movies.

'They're mostly saved by special effects, and that's becoming boring for everyone who works with special effects, if you've got the money."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Star Wars, Entertainment, TV and Film, Marvel, DC