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Monday, December 12, 2022 

Filmmaker James Cameron's uninterested in making comics adaptations

Newsweek reported on recent statements made by veteran filmmaker Cameron about his disinterest in making movies about comics heroes:
In a recent interview, director James Cameron said he has no desire to direct a comic book movie but added that he was once interested in making a Spider-Man feature.

[...] Cameron, who has helmed such blockbusters as Titanic and Terminator, then offered his frank opinion on how the VFX (visual effects) for his coming Avatar sequel compare to those of Marvel films. The director said his movie's effects are not only better, but the comparison is "not even close."
What about the acting? Is that any good? If the reception for the Capt. Marvel film is any suggestion, not many thought Brie Larson's work was much good. As for the FX, it makes no difference what his movies or Marvel Studios are like in quality, there's been far too much reliance on FX in the past decade, and it's gotten insufferable for me, somebody who prefers arthouse films and documentaries. Most actors nowadays are so pretentious, it's hard to care about their work. Yet it doesn't seem to make any difference to Cameron.
As for the possibility of Cameron stepping behind the camera for a DC or Marvel film, he said it's not likely.

"I have no interest in directing a comic book film. I was very interested in Spider-Man, but that was a unique thing," Cameron said. "I had a personal love of Spider-Man, and then that ground has been kind of well-served by other people."
I was aware years ago he'd been considered as somebody to develop a movie based on Spidey, though that task later went to his fellow veteran filmmaker Sam Raimi. Today, we're way past the point it could matter, seeing how the Spidey film franchise was absurdly rebooted over a decade ago. Now, here's an odd view Cameron's got:
In an October interview with The New York Times, Cameron said superhero franchises tend to feature characters who lack a certain degree of maturity.

"When I look at these big, spectacular films—I'm looking at you, Marvel and DC—it doesn't matter how old the characters are, they all act like they're in college," Cameron told the newspaper. "They have relationships, but they really don't."
Seeing what the more recent "offerings" are like, such as the Eternals and Thor: Love & Thunder, I'm not sure you can say any longer the stars have relationships that contribute positively to the story. So what's the point of this?

Anyway, it makes little difference whether Cameron's directed comics movies or not, since his recent commentaries make him unsuitable for helming adaptations going forward, as this Post Millenial report makes clear:
James Cameron, writer and director of such films as the Terminator, Terminator 2, True Lies, Aliens, and Titanic said that earlier in his career he and his work were poisoned by the "toxin" that is testosterone while promoting his environmental activist agitprop Avatar sequel, due out in December.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cameron said, "A lot of things I did earlier, I wouldn’t do — career-wise and just risks that you take as a wild, testosterone-poisoned young man. I always think of (testosterone) as a toxin that you have to slowly work out of your system." [...]

In 2022, Cameron, who has totally given up toxic masculinity said, "The trolls will have it that nobody gives a shit and they can't remember the characters' names or one damn thing that happened in the movie. Then they see the movie again and go, 'Oh, okay, excuse me, let me just shut the fuck up right now.' So I’m not worried about that."
I just don't understand what people like him see wrong with male testosterone, or even female estrogen. This is apparently their way of making clear they no longer support male heroism in fighting evil, or even being romantic with a leading lady. At least he gets one thing right: today's major movies are so forgettable, and chances are his Avatar sequel will qualify for that category too. He's long past his prime, one more reason why it doesn't matter a bit if he's uninterested in making comics movies.

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