Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola and Jane Campion have all famously laid into the current dominant genre in the world of movies. Marvel and DC may rule the current release schedule, but not everyone is happy about it. Now James Cameron has waded in too.
The multiple Oscar winner made some comments as part of an interview for The New York Times in which he said the character work is lacking. He pointedly said the characters behave as if they are still college kids rather than responsible adults:
“When I look at these big, spectacular films – I’m looking at you, Marvel and DC – it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really don’t. They never hang up their spurs because of their kids.
The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies.”
Cameron has a chance to show them how it’s done soon, as Avatar: The Way of Water is just two months from release after the wait of thirteen years. Will it be another monster smash like his last work, Avatar, which is still the highest grossing movie of all time after two re-releases?
That will apparently show the development of the characters of Jake and Neytiri in the years that have passed since they fought to Corporation for control of the unobtanium on Pandora.
One of Cameron’s famous unmade projects was a Spider-Man feature film with Kingpin and Electro as the villains. That would have been released in the 1990s had the project come together for the director, and would have preceded the Blade and X-Men superhero rebirth that arguably led us to where we are today.