To find truly original stories at the local cineplex, we've had to rely on independent film the past two decades, as Hollywood seems intend on force feeding the masses remakes, sequels and superhero movies. One person who thinks there are far too many Marvel and DC adventures flooding the market at this current time is Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy. Speaking out against masked vigilantes and their vice grip on Hollywood, the Nightcrawler director used his win for 'Best First Feature' at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards to rally his filmmaking troops and thank the independent directors weathering the storm. From his podium, he screamed:
"Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that's true spirit."
His remarks ring truer than ever, as Marvel, DC and more plan over 40 movies based on comic books throughout the rest of this decade. And their will surely be even more announced by 2020. Some of those, like Deadpool, will carry the independent spirt, and some may even be truly independent in their own right. The comic book movie appeals to a wide audience, and the genre has proven to be a billion dollar money making industry. So Hollywood will not slow down, but instead speed up the process of giving us even more masked do-gooders over the next couple of years. There is no end in sight.
It's not unusual to see someone like Dan Gilroy standing up against something as well-liked as the superhero movie. Everything has an opponent, and at this point, it seems a fair share of folks are suffering from superhero fatigue. But it will take a steady drop in box office to see the 'tsunami of superhero movies' dry up. At least we have Indepent film continuously working to bring us new and exciting endeavors every year. That is not likely to change, and may grow now that services like Netflix and Hulu offer a wider array of ways to find and watch some of these smaller movies.
It should be noted that Dan Gilroy is married to Thor star Rene Russo, who plays Thor's mother. So the superhero movie conversation has been brought directly into his house, and helped his lively hood in some ways. So his statements are a bit ironic. Dan Gilroy is also the brother of Tony Gilroy, who directed The Bourne Legacy (which Dan co-wrote). And Dan has other genre credits to his name, including having worked as a writer on Real Steel and Tim Burton's never-produced Superman Lives. He is also reportedly writing an original superhero project for Stan Lee titled Annihilator. So, do you think Dan Gilroy is the right person to be taking this stand against superhero movies? It seems in no small part that Dan Gilroy is able to make a movie like Nightcrawler because of superhero movies. What do you think? Is this the wrong or right person to be leading the charge?