Superhero films are not the villains

Amid the bashing, the reality is that cineplexes need blockbusters to compete with streaming services and fill seats

Even the yawn of the news cycle around each "look who's bashing superhero movies now" flare-up reads like a rote script from an inferior franchise sequel: 1. An iconic New Hollywood film-maker (or veteran comedian) tosses off a negative comment about superhero movies. 2. Media outlets quote the shade and any prominent response. 3. Social media hyperventilates like kids on the playground shouting, "Fight, fight!" - while largely ignoring the bigger picture.

The most recent case stars director Francis Ford Coppola, who ratcheted up the disparaging comments about superhero movies made early this month (and reiterated on Monday) by fellow Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2019, with the headline 'Superhero films are not the villains'. Print Edition | Subscribe