Willem Dafoe has starred in two comic book movies; he was Norman Osborn a.k.a. Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s classic Spider-Man movie and recently portrayed Vulko in last year’s surprise hit Aquaman. Because of these examples, one would think that he was comfortable with the way superhero movies have evolved into the modern-day blockbuster. That’s actually not the case since Dafoe actually has a number of complaints about the modern superhero film.
During a recent 92Y interview (thanks Indie Wire), Dafoe actually feels that current superhero movies have overdone it a bit and no longer feel that special. The reason why he enjoyed doing Spider-Man so much was that it felt like an indie movie from Sam Raimi, which makes sense since there weren’t too many superhero films back then.
Though he did have some fun with Aquaman, Dafoe is worried that these films are now too long, too noisy, and overshot. While he is grateful for his opportunities, Dafoe does admit that he prefers starring in non-superhero films.
Here is his full statement:
“You have fun with some of the things that you get to do, because there’s lots of hardware and there’s lots of crazy crane shots and those kind of things. That’s fun. But stuff is overshot. They spend a lot of money on big set pieces, because that’s what delivers the action, and I find them too long and too noisy. But let’s not get into this. I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds me. But, no, seriously, folks. Look, those aren’t the movies I run to.”
It’s good to see Dafoe get a little more in-depth with his problems, even though he is grateful for the work. While the continuous storytelling of superhero movies has been pretty great, they shouldn’t be the only kind of films being made, otherwise, life would be dull.
Aquaman and Spider-Man are now available on Blu-ray.