‘The Exorcist’ Director Accuses Superhero Movies Of Ruining Cinema

The critically acclaimed, but outspoken director has stated that movies such as Spider-Man, The Avengers and their ilk represent the downfall of cinema.

Director William Friedkin who is best known for having directed films such as ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The French Connection’ has stuck his proverbial thumb in the eye of superhero movies and accused them of ruining cinema.

The critically acclaimed, but outspoken director has stated that movies such as Spider-Man, The Avengers and their ilk represent the downfall of cinema.

While speaking to the Guardian newspaper from the Champs-Elysees Film Festival in Paris, he said: “Films used to be rooted in gravity. They were about real people doing real things.”

He added: “Today, cinema is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Avengers, Hunger Games in America: all kinds of stuff that I have no interest in seeing at all.”

Friedkin recently directed the second season of True Detective alongside Fast & Furious 6‘s Justin Lin.

The director has been doing well for himself of late with several television projects, which include the above mentioned ‘True Detective’ for HBO.  TV is a field that Friedkin seems to really enjoy because of its opportunities to explore character development in much broader terms than cinema would allow him.
“You develop character at a greater length and the story is more complex and deeper than cinema.”Many of the fine filmmakers of today are going to long-form TV. It is the most welcoming place to work for a director today.”

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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