Kevin Smith, filmmaker and comic book writer extraordinaire, isn’t the type of guy you would think might have something against superhero movies.
He has written for Daredevil as well as the Green Hornet among other popular comic book properties. His love for everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to the occasional DC film as well as his frequent appearances at comic book stores and conventions make him one of the leading voices in the world of sequential art.
So when someone recently asked Kevin Smith what he thought of what some would call a “glut” of superhero movies, there was little chance of surprise in what he would say.
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That’s not to say that Kevin Smith has failed to voice criticisms for superhero movies — in fact, he did so with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice — but it is to say that he generally loves the genre.
When Variety caught up with Smith at the Suicide Squad premiere, they forced him to weigh in and he did not disappoint his core audience.
“Look who you’re asking. Look how I’m dressed, are you serious? You got me for five minutes and you’re going to ask that question? No, they need to make more dude. I don’t care if they’re quote unquote bad or something, the more you see the better it is. Like, make it as, as ubiquitous as the western was in the fifties I say, because what’s better than little morality tales. Some of them are going to be wonderful, some may be not as wonderful, but let em make them all. There’s no such thing as too many of these things.”
While this response is likely to keep Kevin Smith fans happy, it may not align with what most critics and a growing number of audiences are saying post-Suicide Squad and its horrid early reviews.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the critic aggregator shows Suicide Squad at just 28 percent “rotten” as of Thursday (Aug. 4) on a total of 173 reviews.
This is only one percentage point higher than the terribly reviewed Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it has plenty of time to drop further after having first registered at 33 percent earlier this week.
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The survival of the superhero movie genre that Kevin Smith and so many others love will be predicated on the genre’s ability to continue producing quality films.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to please critics and audiences alike with strong reviews and box office performances. But the nature of the superhero genre lends itself to an all-or-nothing mindset. With most films costing more than $100 million to produce (and even more to market), too many failures can sour a studio quickly.
But for now, it appears that the Clerks director and everyone who likes to spend a Saturday at a comic shop can rest easy.
Even Batman V Superman with its bad reviews managed to find its pot of gold, grossing $872.7 million worldwide and earning a profit (after advertising costs) of around $400 million.
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But what do you think, readers? Is Kevin Smith right to call for more superhero movies, or is the genre just about out of gas? Sound off in the comments section below.