Ethan Hawke has finally addressed the reactions to his comments on the legitimacy of comic book films. There has been a significant discussion on the difficulty of making a film that's not a comic book intellectual property. He cited the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Logan as a "big business" experience about men in tights that can't be considered a serious film. "Now we have the problem that they tell us Logan is a great movie. Well, it’s a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. It’s not Bresson. It’s not Bergman," Hawk told The Film Stage.
Collider's Haleigh Foutch interviewed Hawke and gave him the chance to expand on what he said last month. “But you know, one of the things that’s cool about that is that’s because for a long time—I thought about this for a little bit—for a long time, comic books and people who cared about comic books were ghettoized," Hawke confessed on the show. "It was made to feel small. And now they run the table. And there’s been this giant switch in my lifetime, I mean, like I am a comic book geek, I’ve seen all those [films]. The idea that I’m the one criticizing them is a joke. There [are] very few things I enjoy more—this is something I teach my son—that something about being a geek is being real. That’s what it means: I’m gonna be real.”
"I was talking about a much more nuanced point about money in America and what our obsession with wealth is," Hawke told Foutch. He listed some of his favorite comic book films, like The Dark Knight and Logan, to make a point: "I cited those because they're my favorites, and people took me as criticizing them. What I was trying to say is we need a community that's making all kinds of movies."
Regardless of how you feel about Hawke's candid criticism, he's not the only one that's trying to keep this conversation about how comic books and streaming services are changing cinema. Do you forgive Hawke for his comments, or was he just trying to stir the pot to promote Blaze? Release those claws and snikt! your way to the comments, bubs.
(H/T Screen Rant)