Ethan Hawke Reflects on Resurfaced Video of Superhero Movie Defense
Hot on the heels of his recent role in Disney+’s Moon Knight, Ethan Hawke is trending on social media for his nuanced and refreshing past on superhero movies.
Recent Moon Knight antagonist Ethan Hawke trends on a resurfaced video of the actor’s response to the comic book speech. Led by movies like x-men (2000), Spider Man (2002), and batman begins (2005), superhero cinema began to permeate popular culture more than ever before at the start of the 21st century. Marvel Studios’ Iron Man (2008) effectively launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, prompting the creation of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. and DC Films. Today, superhero movies dominate pop culture, and some filmmakers have spoken out against the genre.
In 2019, Martin Scorsese compared Marvel movies to formulas “theme park rides,” arguing that they divert attention and opportunities away from smaller films. This started a trend of filmmakers outside of the art form being polled and sharing their reviews of comic book movies. For example, Ridley Scott once called them “fucking king boring as shit“while Francis Ford Coppola used the word”contemptibleto describe their tendency to avoid risk for commercial appeal and financial gain. As takes like these continue to divide the internet, an old Hawke video brings people together.
In a 2018 interview with RayWorkProductionsHawke defended superhero movies saying “I like superhero films, I like auteur films. I don’t think there is a difference between high art and low art. There are movies that people put their hearts into, and there are movies that people try to cash in on. And the ones that I love are the ones that people put their hearts into, and you can feel that in a superhero movie, or you can feel that in an auteur movie.. The actor went on to explain how there should be room for all types of art, which led to many praising the actor for his nuanced approach. Check out the original clip as well as some of the reactions below. below:
Further proof that Ethan Hawke should be the president of Hollywood. For people in the industry, it was music to our ears.
I love that he says art is art, but he wants more creativity outside of that genre. https://t.co/f4HSqGn7Hp
— Matthew Wolfe (@MWolfeLit) May 11, 2022
Ethan Hawke nails it “absorb a movie for what it means to you”.
always appreciates his nuance and intelligence, he always has such great insight. https://t.co/slPCskXvPB
— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) May 11, 2022
Ethan Hawke is right, and Ethan Hawke continues to have one of the most rewarding careers of any working actor.
My man did SINISTER and BEFORE MIDNIGHT in the same year. https://t.co/ZwkRU3oqvB
— Olympic shower 🇺🇦 (@thehighton) May 11, 2022
Hawke recognizes how dominant superhero movies are in today’s film industry, taking away opportunities for smaller films. However, the acclaimed actor, director and writer also acknowledges that doesn’t mean comic book movies can’t be art – something evident in his most recent project, Moon Knight. After a conversation with his co-star, Oscar Isaac, Hawke signed on to play Arthur Harrow in the MCU’s latest Disney+ series without ever reading a script. Hawke has since praised Marvel Studios for giving him room to create and maneuver his performance.
As the MCU continues to grow, Marvel Studios has opened its doors to innovators and talent like Hawke. While one could easily criticize Moon Knight for its hero’s retelling of its hero’s journey, its massive budget, and CGI, the show’s handling of mental illness and trauma is certainly no formula. Looking at Moon Knight, fans can tell that showrunner Jeremy Slater, Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab and the cast put their hearts into it. As more and more filmmakers move away from supposed Formulating and innovating, movies and comic book shows could one day be accepted as high art. Still, that doesn’t mean they should own every space in the industry. Both statements can be true and Hawke realizes it.
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