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06.20.2016

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Oh boy, this isn't going to be pretty. Director Roland Emmerich has been out promoting the upcoming release of INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, and during a conversation with The Guardian, the filmmaker made it very clear that he isn't interested in directing a comic book movie. Apparently Emmerich is filled with "disdain at the notion that his films have anything in common with the superhero genre currently crowding multiplexes," and the director went on to explain why isn't a fan of the genre.

When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don’t like people in capes. I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.

So people flying around in funny suits is silly, but Jeff Goldblum stopping an alien invasion with a computer virus isn't? Kind of reminds me of when Oliver Stone complained about the "fantasy violence" in the Breaking Bad series finale. I get it, superhero movies aren't everybody's cup of tea, but that's still kind of a weak explanation from Emmerich as to why he doesn't care for them. 

Emmerich's not-at-all-silly INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE opens on June 24th.

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7:23PM on 06/22/2016
Coming from the director of Godzilla 98 and White House Down. What an idiot!
Coming from the director of Godzilla 98 and White House Down. What an idiot!
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3:14AM on 06/21/2016
Roland Emmerich movies are hilarious! I loved the scene in 10,000 BC when the caveman was fighting ostriches. I can just imagine Roland Emmerich saying "What do you mean, we can't have dinosaurs? What CAN we have?"
Roland Emmerich movies are hilarious! I loved the scene in 10,000 BC when the caveman was fighting ostriches. I can just imagine Roland Emmerich saying "What do you mean, we can't have dinosaurs? What CAN we have?"
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6:42PM on 06/20/2016

I guess vesaker never talks bad about any director or anything really.

Well if talks bad about movies, it's because he's part of that industry. And if he talks bad about Presidents, or even crossing guards, it's because he's involved with those occupations as well.

He's being ridiculous. Talking like a kid who's in the 5th grade.
Well if talks bad about movies, it's because he's part of that industry. And if he talks bad about Presidents, or even crossing guards, it's because he's involved with those occupations as well.

He's being ridiculous. Talking like a kid who's in the 5th grade.
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6:39PM on 06/20/2016
Emmerich isn't someone who should complain. I like some of this films, but he's had quite a few bad ones too. But I think his comments are more a generational thing. Most people on this site are younger and grew up with a lot of these characters. But older generations find a lot of the superhero films "silly" for lack of a better term. Heck, even some actors who have worked in the superhero films (Hugo Weaving, Paul Beattney, etc.) have said similar things.
Emmerich isn't someone who should complain. I like some of this films, but he's had quite a few bad ones too. But I think his comments are more a generational thing. Most people on this site are younger and grew up with a lot of these characters. But older generations find a lot of the superhero films "silly" for lack of a better term. Heck, even some actors who have worked in the superhero films (Hugo Weaving, Paul Beattney, etc.) have said similar things.
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6:14PM on 06/20/2016

Is it just me....

Or are 90% of the ppl who talk trash like this kind of thing in hollywood are the ones who will never get a job doing these sorts of movies and therefor are just bitter that no one gives a shit about what they are doing? I mean regardless of period or genre that happens to be popular there are always ppl in the industry that say "that shit sucks" regardless of actual merits.
Or are 90% of the ppl who talk trash like this kind of thing in hollywood are the ones who will never get a job doing these sorts of movies and therefor are just bitter that no one gives a shit about what they are doing? I mean regardless of period or genre that happens to be popular there are always ppl in the industry that say "that shit sucks" regardless of actual merits.
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6:38PM on 06/20/2016
OK. By your logic that means no one can ever talk about a professional sports, a President or anything that they'll never play for professionally or be in their life.
OK. By your logic that means no one can ever talk about a professional sports, a President or anything that they'll never play for professionally or be in their life.
6:04PM on 06/20/2016

Y'know ...

As much as I like, and stick up for Roland Emmerich, (Yes, you read right. I LIKE his movies) I think that for a guy whose films tend to have all the depth of a rain puddle, he needs to keep his mouth shut about this subject.
As much as I like, and stick up for Roland Emmerich, (Yes, you read right. I LIKE his movies) I think that for a guy whose films tend to have all the depth of a rain puddle, he needs to keep his mouth shut about this subject.
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4:14PM on 06/20/2016
I guess they don't have comic books in Germany?
I guess they don't have comic books in Germany?
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1:31AM on 06/21/2016
They do, but the superhero genre is almost exclusive to the US.
They do, but the superhero genre is almost exclusive to the US.
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3:46PM on 06/20/2016
He's right of course. And so are his movies so he's someone to talk.
The comicbook movies that work, Ant Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, embrace the silliness and are the best ones. Movies like Captain America are aimed and directed by people with various forms of autism.
He's right of course. And so are his movies so he's someone to talk.
The comicbook movies that work, Ant Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, embrace the silliness and are the best ones. Movies like Captain America are aimed and directed by people with various forms of autism.
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3:18AM on 06/21/2016
I would take offense at your remark but I am busy staring at the ceiling.
I would take offense at your remark but I am busy staring at the ceiling.
2:50PM on 06/20/2016
Lol! This guy and M. Night must go out drinking together, always ranting about how their movies are the only examples of "real" cinema out there.
Lol! This guy and M. Night must go out drinking together, always ranting about how their movies are the only examples of "real" cinema out there.
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3:10PM on 06/20/2016
In the words of Uwe Boll (who probably owns the bar they go drinking at), they "are the only real f****ing genius!"
In the words of Uwe Boll (who probably owns the bar they go drinking at), they "are the only real f****ing genius!"
5:55PM on 06/21/2016
hahaha. Indeed.
hahaha. Indeed.
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2:40PM on 06/20/2016

Superhero movies say Director Roland Emmerich is "silly"

And his movies are the definition of silly.
More importantly.....cant stop thinking about Anthon Yelchin
And his movies are the definition of silly.
More importantly.....cant stop thinking about Anthon Yelchin
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1:08PM on 06/20/2016
"I donít understand it. I grew up in Germany, thatís probably why." That makes no sense. If he really has a German mentality instead of an American one when he makes movies (as others have said below, the super-hero genre is very American), why does he make patriotic American movies (INDEPENDENCE DAY 1 & 2; THE PATRIOT; WHITE HOUSE DOWN)? Even THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW feels very American with its mockery of Bush's climate change policy. And let's not forget the americanization in GODZILLA. I'll
"I donít understand it. I grew up in Germany, thatís probably why." That makes no sense. If he really has a German mentality instead of an American one when he makes movies (as others have said below, the super-hero genre is very American), why does he make patriotic American movies (INDEPENDENCE DAY 1 & 2; THE PATRIOT; WHITE HOUSE DOWN)? Even THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW feels very American with its mockery of Bush's climate change policy. And let's not forget the americanization in GODZILLA. I'll quote the director one of the Japanese GODZILLA movies: "It is interesting that this US version runs about trying to escape missiles... Americans seem unable to accept a creature that cannot be put down by their arms."
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12:57PM on 06/20/2016
LOL
The title should be, "Director of silly movies thinks other movies are silly"
LOL
The title should be, "Director of silly movies thinks other movies are silly"
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12:55PM on 06/20/2016
This would be a valid opinion if the regular schmoes of his films were realistic, interesting characters. As it is, the fact his heroes don't have any superpowers doesn't make them more believable.
This would be a valid opinion if the regular schmoes of his films were realistic, interesting characters. As it is, the fact his heroes don't have any superpowers doesn't make them more believable.
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3:12PM on 06/20/2016
Indeed.
Indeed.
12:44PM on 06/20/2016

So...

his own opinion is a weak reason? Interesting.
his own opinion is a weak reason? Interesting.
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1:02PM on 06/20/2016
Because he's complaining about fiction being silly yet all of his movies are fiction.
Because he's complaining about fiction being silly yet all of his movies are fiction.
12:39PM on 06/20/2016
"I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I donít understand it. I grew up in Germany, thatís probably why."

You don't understand fiction yet you make movies about fiction...You're an idiot and your movies are always shit.
"I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I donít understand it. I grew up in Germany, thatís probably why."

You don't understand fiction yet you make movies about fiction...You're an idiot and your movies are always shit.
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12:39PM on 06/20/2016

Pot kettle black

His films are way more silly.
His films are way more silly.
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12:20PM on 06/20/2016
If he thinks Resurgence is any different than a superhero movie, he's a fool. Same formula. Same basic premise: Earth is at risk. Group of brave people must defend it against an impossible enemy. Global destruction. Etc, etc. At least films like Civil War ask a real question and have believable stakes, and even relatable conflicts.
If he thinks Resurgence is any different than a superhero movie, he's a fool. Same formula. Same basic premise: Earth is at risk. Group of brave people must defend it against an impossible enemy. Global destruction. Etc, etc. At least films like Civil War ask a real question and have believable stakes, and even relatable conflicts.
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11:37AM on 06/20/2016
Well, Deadpool was pretty silly.
Well, Deadpool was pretty silly.
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11:31AM on 06/20/2016
While he's doing it in a round about dickish way, I can understand his underlining point about him preferring his heroes being the common man (or woman) - the kinda guy that uses his ex wife's partner to save his neck and then show no remorse when he dies...allowing said 'hero' to hook up with the ex again :o)
While he's doing it in a round about dickish way, I can understand his underlining point about him preferring his heroes being the common man (or woman) - the kinda guy that uses his ex wife's partner to save his neck and then show no remorse when he dies...allowing said 'hero' to hook up with the ex again :o)
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11:13AM on 06/20/2016
I thought it was silly that his Godzilla looked like an iguana, and it's kids looked like raptors, but hey, I grew up in California.
I thought it was silly that his Godzilla looked like an iguana, and it's kids looked like raptors, but hey, I grew up in California.
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10:46AM on 06/20/2016

Really?

Has this dork seen his own movies??
Has this dork seen his own movies??
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10:44AM on 06/20/2016
I think he could have worded it a bit different. I think another director - maybe someone on YouTube, don't remember - said something like this: "I tend to not like superheroes movies because it relies solely on demigods to save the common people. Common people saving themselves is, to me, more interesting and compelling."
I think he could have worded it a bit different. I think another director - maybe someone on YouTube, don't remember - said something like this: "I tend to not like superheroes movies because it relies solely on demigods to save the common people. Common people saving themselves is, to me, more interesting and compelling."
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1:32AM on 06/21/2016
Well said.
Well said.
9:50AM on 06/20/2016
Well, Mr. Emmerich, don't let me catch you direct any superhero-related movie when the studio offers you an insane amount of money to do so.
Well, Mr. Emmerich, don't let me catch you direct any superhero-related movie when the studio offers you an insane amount of money to do so.
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11:25AM on 06/20/2016
May be he's pissed off that he hasn't gotten a gig by now.
May be he's pissed off that he hasn't gotten a gig by now.
12:53PM on 06/20/2016
LOL!
LOL!
9:20AM on 06/20/2016
As opposed to 20-years-too-late sequels to movies that most people have forgotten.
As opposed to 20-years-too-late sequels to movies that most people have forgotten.
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8:54AM on 06/20/2016
Superheroes are a very American Concept, very much our own personal mythos since we don't have culture and history dating back millennia. Its completely understandable why a person from another culture would find them odd.

That being said, Roland's films are almost always far more silly than anything Marvel has in it's MCU.
Superheroes are a very American Concept, very much our own personal mythos since we don't have culture and history dating back millennia. Its completely understandable why a person from another culture would find them odd.

That being said, Roland's films are almost always far more silly than anything Marvel has in it's MCU.
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8:43AM on 06/20/2016
I'd have said his action scenes and those in superhero films are remarkably similar, just that he's been doing them a bit longer. I commented on a previous article about how superhero films have made it much tougher for the likes of Emmerich to impress audiences as we've grown a bit bored of the mass CG destruction. On some level I guess he knows that even if he doesn't want to admit there are any similarities.
I still think Resurgence looks like a good laugh, and whereas I don't expect it to
I'd have said his action scenes and those in superhero films are remarkably similar, just that he's been doing them a bit longer. I commented on a previous article about how superhero films have made it much tougher for the likes of Emmerich to impress audiences as we've grown a bit bored of the mass CG destruction. On some level I guess he knows that even if he doesn't want to admit there are any similarities.
I still think Resurgence looks like a good laugh, and whereas I don't expect it to be as interesting a movie as Civil War, it'll hopefully be more entertaining than X-Men Apocalypse was.
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8:23AM on 06/20/2016
First off, he's right.
Secondly, he also makes extremely silly movies.
Thirdly, silly is okay by me.
First off, he's right.
Secondly, he also makes extremely silly movies.
Thirdly, silly is okay by me.
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