Superhero movies have been all the rage for the past decade and a half, from X-Men to The Avengers, these kinds of movies have been hits across the board winning critical praise and accolades and owning the box office. One recent criticism however is the amount of mass destruction in these movies such as the destruction of New York in The Avengers or the decimation of Metropolis in Man of Steel. Many have already written or commented on the issue. In a recent article for the Huffington Post, Joss Whedon entered the discussion himself,
"People have made it very clear that they are fed up with movies where entire cities are destroyed, and then we celebrate," Whedon said, recognizing that of all of those things crashing into other things is an attempt to harness somewhat newly found visual effects.
"Now, I watched 'The Dark Knight' and I thought of that as riffing on the genre," he said. "That was a superhero movie as 'The Godfather.' And I was like, 'But I just still want to see a superhero movie!' We had just gotten the technology to make it awesome, and I wasn't ready to be post-modern about it yet."
These comments are valid, as the one main criticism of Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy is staying to gritty while being based off a popular superhero. However, if one character warranted a dark an gritty tale it would be Batman. Another criticism rises from Nolan's trilogy, that because of his treatment everyone wanted to make these movies dark and gritty and even other franchises as well outside the genre wanted to follow suit.
However, Whedon also brings up being able to find and focus more on humanity in superhero movies, and says upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron will hinge upon that theme:
"People come in with a certain amount of emotional baggage. So, whether we’re in our larvae stage or our decadent stage, I can’t really say, but I try to make my superhero movies as if there’s either never been one or there’s only ever been them. I work with the idea that it’s just a natural way for people to be, so that you still make a movie about people.”
It seems like a good idea, seeing as the title villain this time around is artificial intelligence with a mechanical body and a lot of pain. We'll see how it works out for him when Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.