Jodie Foster: Superhero Movies Are “A Phase That’s Lasted a Little Too Long”

Many have spoken out against the ubiquitous superhero movies in recent years, and Jodie Foster is the latest in the line

by Sededin Dedovic
Jodie Foster: Superhero Movies Are “A Phase That’s Lasted a Little Too Long”
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Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster has joined a growing chorus of voices criticizing the glut of superhero movies in recent years. In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Foster expressed her hope that the superhero movie trend will die down soon.

"It's a phase that's lasted a little too long for me, but it's just a phase, and I've seen so many different phases," Foster noted. "I hope people get sick of it soon." Foster admitted that she enjoyed some superhero movies, such as Iron Man, Black Panther and The Matrix.

However, she emphasized that these films do not resonate with her on the same level as other types of films. "Good movies, like Iron Man, Black Panther, The Matrix, excite me and grab me because they're fun, but that's not why I became an actress and they're not the movies that changed my life," she explained.

. Foster expressed concern that the dominance of superhero movies is crowding out other types of movies. "I hope there will be room for everything else," she concluded. Her comments echo those of other well-known filmmakers who have criticized the glut of superhero movies.

Directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have expressed their belief that these films lack substance and depth.

Low interest in superhero movies

The box office performance of recent superhero movies seems to support this criticism.

Several recent releases from the DC and Marvel universes have underperformed at the box office, suggesting that audiences may be reaching a saturation point with the genre. Foster's comments also extend to the influence of superhero movies on young actors.

She urged young performers not to sacrifice their artistic integrity in pursuit of franchise roles. "You have to believe in your talent," she advised. "You can disappear for two years and have a life and come back and there will still be work for you." Jodie Foster's latest film, Nyad, is currently streaming on Netflix. He will also star in the upcoming HBO Max series True Detective: Night Country.