Comic book icon Frank Miller has some interesting thoughts on the current state of superhero movies.
If you ask most comic book fans, they would say that we’re living in a golden age for comic book films. This seems to be the general consensus, which I wholeheartedly agree with. Legendary comic book writer Frank Miller also agrees with these sentiments.
Miller spoke with Deadline at San Diego Comic-Con and he expressed his contentment with the current crop of superhero films. He even went as far as to say this is the best era for the genre to-date:
“This has been the best period for superhero movies we ever had. I mean there was that wonderful sunburst of the first Christopher Reeves Superman movie. That was just a ray of sunshine. We’ve had ups and downs over the years. Now look at what we’ve got. Wonder Woman is the crown jewel.”
Expanding on this, Miller called this interpretation of Wonder Woman perfect and explained why he believes this:
“Without question. She is perfect…If I may, I think that was because of the old Lynda Carter TV show. That was a clunky, old show, cute for its time and fun. But this movie managed to do everything right. The Israeli actress Gal Gadot, not only is she spectacularly beautiful but she’s heroic and she gets away with that costume. Having Chris Pine, the guy who used to be Captain Kirk, play Steve Trevor…he was impeccable in that role. Evil Nazis always work. I just thought they managed to have a real good rock ’em, sock ’em adventure movie with a genuine sense of mythology to it. The parts in Amazonia were breathtaking. Her mother, played by Connie Nielsen, she was just wonderful.”
In addition to Wonder Woman, the veteran comics writer also had high praise for Spider-Man: Homecoming:
“It’s funny. I found Wonder Woman breathtaking and exhilarating and Spider-Man I felt like I was a little kid rocking along with Spider-Man. They’ve had good luck casting Spider-Man, haven’t they? This one was a lot more fun, down to the music. When he was jumping across the rooftop and they were just boogieing with it. It was just so much fun. This has been a great era for superhero movies, without question. It’s like they came back and it’s like everybody is riding a wave of simply wanting to bring the joy of the genre in and lose the cynicism.”
It’s hard to argue with a legend like Frank Miller and the success of those two films. Wonder Woman has actually become the biggest box office hit of the summer. But, back to the original point, this really is a great time for comic book films. I don’t think anyone could have predicted we would live in a world where we get at least three superhero movies a year.
With the great success the genre has had, we can only hope it continues to thrive for years to come.