Roland Emmerich: 'Superhero movies are silly'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 June 2016
Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich finds superhero movies "silly" and says "when you look at my movies it's always the regular Joe Schmo that's the unlikely hero"

Roland Emmerich finds superhero movies "silly".

The 'Independence Day: Resurgence' director insists his films always feature an ordinary person as the hero, rather than superheroes in capes, and although 'Independence Day' focuses on an alien invasion, he finds it much more realistic.

He said: "When you look at my movies it's always the regular Joe Schmo that's the unlikely hero. A lot of Marvel movies, they show people in funny suits running around. I don't like people in capes. I find it silly when someone dons a superhero suit and flies. I don't understand it. I grew up in Germany, that's probably why.

Roland would also love to cast a gay or transgender lead character in a blockbuster and says he just needs to write the perfect script.

He told The Guardian: "Sure, why not? Right now I have a gay couple in ['Independence Day: Resurgence']. It's time for it. It would be very interesting to see if the studios go for it. You have to write a script they all want to have. I do this a lot. I write these movies myself, I finance them myself and then I send them to every studio at once. We call this an auction. We give them a budget and I will direct it. It's pretty clear what these films are and, naturally, there are always two or three studios who need tentpole movies, so they bid for it and you get quite amazing freedom to make these movies exactly [how] you want. That's what has to happen for a movie like that. And if one is successful then it's not a taboo any more."

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