One thing filmmaker Kevin Smith is fairly well known for is optimism. These days especially, the man rarely talks bad about any film or other person’s work with a strongly critical eye. Even the ones he has some reservations about he’s usually pretty upbeat on.
Though he’s worked a bit in the world superheroes, such as in TV’s “The Flash” and “Supergirl,” he is a fan first. Appearing at a New York Comic Con panel yesterday, he raved about “Marvel’s Luke Cage” – a series that surprisingly has been met with a more mixed reaction from audiences than it has from critics who’ve generally praised it.
Smith counts himself a fan, but then went into a spiel about how fans of comic book films should be appreciative of all of them, bad or good. He says (via ComicBook.com):
“It [Luke Cage] was f–king good. I had no expectations of that and they told a much better story than I thought they would. I mean we live in a world were they are making a f–king Ant-Man sequel. We didn’t have this s–t when I was growing up. Creation path is wide open, man. We should appreciate it. It is easy to pay to see a movie, s–t on it, and be negative – but I am on the other side of this… As you sit around taking a s–t on things, the world is passing you by. There is no good reason to do it. You try to ascend in life and people try to drag you down. I guess misery loves company. There will be always people to s–t on things. I just think about being that 10 year-old dreaming that people would make these films and now they are so be happy.”
In fact, in his addressing of the critical negativity surrounding the three films of the DCEU, Smith revealed that he appreciates the differences and even the ones he has issues with he’ll watch repeatedly:
“They are never going to be Marvel movies… and as a long time fan of this s–t I don’t care, you are either a DC guy or a Marvel guy and really DC isn’t ever going to do what Marvel does… but really, when I was a kid and wish they had all this s–t… so for years we have wanted this and now we got it…I’ve watched Batman versus Superman extended edition 25 times since I got it, my wife has said ‘You’ve watched this s–t 25 times, you know what happens… f–king Martha.’ … and I just say, ‘I know, I’m just going to keep watching it until I love it.'”
The comments tackle an issue of fandom that’s a common problem. A subset of hardcore fans of any franchise are of the belief that people should be grateful we’re getting any film or show in that franchise being told at all, and so those films should not be critically and objectively judged on merit.
The issue with that thinking is obvious – that you’re willing to accept anything so long as it is in the franchise, therefore the studio and filmmakers shouldn’t even put any real effort into it. The results have been seen time and time again in lacklustre sequels and franchises finally dying off long after they’ve lost steam. Is Smith right? Have your say in the comments below.