Birdman’s Alejandro Iñárritu can still muster some bile for superhero movies, of course

Alejandro Inarritu
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When it comes to criticizing the superhero genre, Alejandro Inarritu can be considered a disciple of the old school. It was, after all, Iñárritu – long ago before his 2014 Oscar birdmanitself a movie with some pretty caustic thoughts on the superhero as a symbol of mainstream entertainment—who called the whole genre “cultural genocide,” laying the groundwork for God knows how many other top directors will make their own similar (if less genocidal) claims.

Not to be outdone by the Scors of the world, however, Inarritu revealed to The variety This littlek that a new decade of superhero box office ubiquity has not softened his heart at their cape and spandex appeal. Asked about his thoughts on gender at a BAFTA Tea Party this week – related to his latest film, bardoIñárritu called superheroes “sad figures” before getting a bit into the old “Who are the real heroes, really?” speech:

I see heroes every day. I see beautiful people going through very difficult situations and doing incredible things. And those are the people I kind of connect with. But do we really need these kind of superpowered heroes? If you need this, is there something missing… instead of admiring what we have, the possibilities we have?

Which, again, is still fairly measured, at least in relation to this whole story of “cultural genocide”!

bardoduring this time, currently floats in the relative desert of an awards season that hasn’t been particularly kind; the film, which stars Daniel Giménez Cacho as a documentary filmmaker reflecting on his memory and his life, managed to get a single foot to this year’s Oscar race, scored just one nomination, for Best Cinematography.

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