Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster says big budget blockbuster superhero movies are “ruining the viewing habits of moviegoers” in the U.S. and abroad. Without question, Foster has one of the most successful longstanding careers in Hollywood, having appeared on such iconic TV series as Gunsmoke, My Three Sons and Mayberry R.F.D. – and films such as Freaky Friday – in her youth, before making a stark transition in her early teens to more mature subject matter like Taxi Driver.
Winning Best Actress Oscars for The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs in-between, Foster at current is taking on more films and TV episodes as a director – including Black Mirror season 4 episode Arkangel – as she gets deeper into the third act of her illustrious career.
If there’s been any consistent path Foster has taken since entering the film world 45 years ago, the actress’ work generally falls more in line with character-driven projects, spanning the genre of dramas, family films, mysteries, and once in a while, even comedies. And while Foster has ventured into the sci-fi genre on occasion with such films as Contact, Elysium and the upcoming Hotel Artemis, she’s never really been involved in an action blockbuster. Judging by her thoughts in a new interview, it appears that she prefers to keep it that way.
Talking with Radio Times magazine (via The Telegraph), Foster makes cclear her disdain for all things big-budget in Hollywood, likening it to a controversial industry where companies recover gas and oil from shale rock. She says:
“Going to the movies has become like a theme park. Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking – you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.”
While Foster didn’t point out any individual films, she did take aim at a specific genre, which has essentially been owned by Marvel Studios and DC Films since the emergence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe.
“It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world. I don’t want to make $200 million movies about superheroes.”
Foster, naturally, has had the good fortune of starring in and directing a wide variety of films and TV shows, and because of her clout in the industry, she can afford to be choosy. And while she’s clearly pulling no punches when it comes to mega-budgeted Hollywood films and superhero films in particular, Foster appears to at least be open to making a superhero film, but only one with “really complex psychology.”
While some of Foster’s Hollywood colleagues may take issue with her remarks, it’s refreshing to see somebody air their thoughts about big budget and superhero films with clearly no fear of reprisal. If anyone has demonstrated their immense talent consistently over the years, both in front of and behind the camera, it’s been Foster, and her remarks, while sure to stir up some controversy, merit attention.