There are few people out there who are as loyal as Marvel and DC fans are, just ask director James Cameron who really stepped in it in a recent interview. Yeah, you probably don't want to criticize superhero movie fans. Now people on Twitter are absolutely roasting him for his hot take.
This whole mess started when Cameron spoke with the New York Times. A quote of which was later shared by Twitter account @CultureCrave. "#AvatarTheWayOfWater director James Cameron blasts Marvel and DC characters," the caption reads.
"They all act like they’re in college. They have relationships, but they really don’t ... The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose ... Those characters don’t experience it," he added.
Well, you can imagine how the internet felt about that one. People were just a bit miffed. "Unlike the profoundly moving relationship in Avatar between… err… what’s his name? And… err… the blue Pocahontas one, what’s she called? The bit where he uses an adaptor to stick his USB in her USB-C. I think there was a tree involved somehow," wrote @PlatoonPod. "Oh yeah, Avatar. It was really deep, character driven story. Said no one ever," @czarna_ofca joked. "I once saw a meme that everybody only remembers the name of the protagonist and then I realized, that I could not remember anything about the movie except it looking really good and a big tree burning," @pootatcat added. "You are not being fair. What about Titanic where granny got banged in her youth by an unemployed artist and she had flashbacks of it for 80 years until she croaked. Nothing says true relationship more than a one night stand of a sexually repressed socialite and a Leo on a boat," @PopCultureDino teased of Cameron's film Titanic.
Woof, those are pretty scathing reviews of Cameron's past work. But it should be pointed out that Cameron's comments are in reference to how having children changed his work. Explaining that writing a movie where the characters don't have these deeper bonds, like children, might show a more superficial side to relationships.
"They have relationships, but they really don’t. They never hang up their spurs because of their kids. The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies," he explained.
This context might not exactly change your view of the debate. We mean, having children doesn't mean you're going to have a deep connection with your partner necessarily. But it's certainly food for thought.