William Friedkin has attacked superhero movies saying that they’re killing the art form and that television is now the best place for film makers. The director, best known for The Exorcist and French Connection, criticized the outlandish aspects of the majority of mainstream movies today saying; “Films used to be rooted in gravity, they were about real people doing real things. Today, cinema is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Avengers, The Hunger Games: all kinds of stuff that I have no interest in seeing at all”.
Now he believes that the small screen is where artists make their films, saying; “You develop character at a greater length and the story is more complex (on television) and deeper than cinema. Many of the fine film-makers are going to long-form TV. It is the most welcoming place to work for a director today”.