When it comes to criticizing the superhero genre, Alejandro Inarritu may be considered a disciple of the old school. It was Iñárritu – all the way back during the build-up to his Oscar win in 2014 Birdmanitself a film with some rather caustic thoughts on the superhero as a symbol of mass-market entertainment—who referred to the entire genre as “cultural genocide”, laying the groundwork for god knows how many other high-profile directors to make similar (if less genocide-y) statements of their own.
Not to be outdone the Scorseses of the world, however Iñárritu revealed to Variety this little onek as another nearly decade of superheroism at the box office has does not bled his heart to their cape-and-spandex appeal. Asked for his thoughts on the genre at a BAFTA Tea Party this week – linked to his latest film, Bardo—Iñárritu called superheroes “sad figures” before going into a bit of the old “Who are the real heroes, really?” discourse:
I see heroes every day. I see beautiful people really go through very difficult situations and do incredible things. And those are the people I kind of connect with. But the kind of super-powered heroes, do we really need it? If you need it, is something missing … instead of admiring what we have, the possibilities we have?
Which again is at least still fairly measured in regards to the whole “cultural genocide” thing!
Bardoin the meantime, currently floating through the relative wilderness of a price season that hasn’t been very kind; the film that features Daniel Giménez Cacho as a documentarian who reflects on his memory and life, managed to get a single toe grip in at this year’s Oscar race, earned a single nomination, for Best Cinematography.