Joss Whedon over superheldenfilms

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In een interview vertelde regisseur Joss Whedon over het maken van superheldenfilms. Daarin vertelde hij hoe hij denkt dat het publiek superheldenfilms tegenwoordig wil zien: “People have made it very clear that they are fed up with movies where entire cities are destroyed, and then we celebrate.”

Whedon ging verder: “Now, I watched ‘The Dark Knight’ and I thought of that as riffing on the genre. That was a superhero movie as ‘The Godfather.’ And I was like, ‘But I just still want to see a superhero movie!’ We had just gotten the technology to make it awesome, and I wasn’t ready to be post-modern about it yet.”

“You’re in a constant state of being pulled both ways at all times. You’re trying to make a populist film with fascist iconography that is just bigger, and better, and longer, and trying to break that down and find a weakness and humanity.”

Een emotioneel kloppend verhaal is belangrijk volgens Whedon: “People come in with a certain amount of emotional baggage. So, whether we’re in our larvae stage or our decadent stage, I can’t really say, but I try to make my superhero movies as if there’s either never been one or there’s only ever been them. I work with the idea that it’s just a natural way for people to be, so that you still make a movie about people.”