The film industry suffered a major blow following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cinemas are also gravely affected by the situation and a lot of them were forced to shut down temporarily, some permanently while waiting for the pandemic to subside.
Now, Justice League star Ben Affleck discussed the future of cinema post-pandemic. The Batman actor believes that theaters will focus on big films like Avengers and Wonder Woman instead of mid-budget films. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly. here's what Affleck had to say:
I don't know what will be the reality post-COVID. Who knows what the theatrical business will be like. What I think has happened is that people have grown accustomed during this time to watching from home. It benefited The Way Back, for sure. It had just come out so I think the ability to see a new movie at home enabled us to get many more viewers than would have come out to a theater to pay money to see a sad movie about an alcoholic dealing with the death of his child. People have now been acculturated to streaming and watching movies at home in ways they weren't before, which probably accelerated a trend that was already taking place.
While we're still not certain when the pandemic ends and what transpires in the world of film after it, Affleck raises a pretty valid argument but when you think about it, you really can't blame the moviegoers should they choose to watch the franchise juggernauts over the low to mid-budget projects once the dust settles. At the end of the day, it cannot be denied that most fans are still after entertainment over substance and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
Ben is scheduled to appear in Ezra Miller's solo The Flash film. Hitting cinemas sometime in 2022.
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