‘American Film Studies Boyfriend’ Ethan Hawke Goes Viral With Superhero Movie Take


Actor/director/poet Ethan Hawke almost burned Twitter to the ground today with its headlock that superhero movies are good, but also other kinds of movies are good. As Hawke put it in a recent interview doing the rounds on social media:

“I love superhero movies, I love art house movies. I don’t think there’s a difference between high art and low art. There are movies in that people put their hearts into, and there are movies that people try to cash in on. And the ones that I like are the ones that people put their hearts into, and you can feel that in a superhero movie or you can feel it in an arthouse movie.

Hawke is no stranger to the world of superheroes, as seen recently in the Marvel Studios Disney Plus streaming series Moon Knightas well as heard playing Batman in the Cartoon Network series Batwheels, about self-driving vehicles fighting crime in Gotham City. Interestingly, he never mentions if he put his heart into one or the other. Instead, he continues:

“I was joking that if Logan and Black Knight and strange doctor are great art films, what is Fanny and Alexander?”

To answer Hawke’s question, Fanny and Alexander was Ingmar Bergman’s 1982 semi-autobiographical miniseries that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Ethan Hawke, director of the 1994 music video for Lisa Loeb’s To staykeep on going:

“These are my favorite superhero movies, Logan, Doctor Strange, Dark Knight, these are great films. But they’re not the only thing and young people today are growing up thinking that’s, you know, that’s all there is.

Video game v-tuber Jeff Grubb agreed with Ethan Hawke, dubbing him “America’s film studies boyfriend”, in line with Hawke’s central thesis that Americans make movies that are too competitive, keeping track of their Rotten Tomatoes score and box office takes.

Meanwhile, another Twitter user is rallying around the man who portrayed ‘Jolly the Pimp’ in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in his cry for more creativity in Hollywood cinema:

And there’s no better person to rally filmmakers to give themselves permission to be more creative than the man who gave a TED Talk on the subject:


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