Roland Emmerich will be the first person to admit he loves making big-budget action movies with special effects, but he draws the line at superheroes.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, the director of “Godzilla,” “Independence Day,” and the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” explained that he just doesn’t like people in capes. “I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies,” he said, adding that he doesn’t like the way Marvel movies “show people in funny suits running around” saving the world. “I don’t understand it. I grew up in Germany, that’s probably why.”
One of the main differences between superhero movies and Emmerich’s epic disaster films has to do with the person–or persons–that ultimately rise to the occasion to save the day. “When you look at my movies it’s always the regular Joe Schmo that’s the unlikely hero,” Emmerich said. Though Emmerich has captured the near end of civilization in film several times, he hasn’t yet featured a gay or trans character as the lead in a movie about saving the world.
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“It’s time for it,” Emmerich told the Guardian. “It would be very interesting to see if the studios go for it. You have to write a script they all want to have. I do this a lot. I write these movies myself, I finance them myself and then I send them to every studio at once. We call this an auction.”
“Independence Day: Resurgence” hits theaters Thursday, June 23.