Guardians of the Galaxy and other superhero movies were dissed by actor Jack Black during the Oscars’ opening musical number on Sunday (Feb. 22).
“Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Superman, Spider-man, Batman, Jediman, Sequelman, Prequelman — formulaic scripts!” Black sang in an ode to the power of film.
That was the second shot at superhero movies in as many days, reports the Huffington Post. On Saturday, Dan Gilroy, writer/director of Nightcrawler, expressed his admiration of independent films for holding their own despite the “tsunami” of superhero films lately.
“We have survived, and thrived, and I think that’s true spirit,” Gilroy said at the Independent Spirit Awards.
However, these criticisms didn’t sit well with Guardians’ director James Gunn, as he made clear in a Facebook post to both Black and Gilroy.
“Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.
I’ve made B-movies, independent films, children’s movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they’ve taken from the works of others. In all honesty, I do no find a strikingly different percentage of those with integrity and those without working within any of these fields of film,” he wrote.
Read his entire post below.
Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest-grossing comic book film of 2014, and was nominated for two Oscars this year.