They might be the most popular genre of films in the 21st century, though not everyone is a fan of the modern-day superhero movie. English actor Thandiwe Newton is the latest to speak out about the new trend of superhero blockbusters, explaining why she turned down a small role in a recent superhero movie.
Speaking to LADBible, Newton didn’t disclose which film, in particular, she was approached for though did note that she didn’t want to play “someone’s mum who just dies,” before explaining big blockbuster franchises tend to “bore” her.
“I’m quite cynical about it too because it’s just about money; it’s this behemoth of money that’s just like rolling forward gathering more money, right?” she continued, before noting that she has a fondness for when directors shake up the formula. “I love what’s happening with these genres now, where filmmakers are fucking with the genre,” she added.
Speaking of her favourite examples of such boundary-pushing, she noted, “The perfect example is Taika Waititi, what he did with [Thor:]Ragnarok. I love that the actors in it really want to push it too, of course they do – it’s boring otherwise, Jesus”.
From the superhero genre to the sci-fi behemoth Star Wars, Newton has also spoken out about her involvement in Solo: A Star Wars Story, stating to Inverse, “I felt disappointed by Star Wars that my character was killed. And, actually, in the script, she wasn’t killed”. Continuing she added, “But I remembered at the time thinking, ‘This is a big, big mistake’ – not because of me, not because I wanted to come back. You don’t kill off the first black woman to ever have a real role in a Star Wars movie. Like, are you fucking joking?”.
Since then the Star Wars spin-off movies have been put on hold until the release of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, scheduled for 2023.