Roland Emmerich: Superhero Movies Have Been Ripping Me Off

Roland Emmerich is widely regarded as the king of the disaster genre. Having overseen the likes of ‘Independence Day’, ‘Stargate’, ‘Godzilla’, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, and ‘2012′ it’s easy to see why.

But while, despite collectively grossing over $3 billion, many of these films have been critically lambasted, the German director now insists that his output has been of huge inspiration to the glut of superhero movies over the last decade and a half. Specifically a certain Warner Bros. DC film.

Speaking to Loaded, Roland Emmerich explained, “I felt that when I saw some of these Marvel movies or DC movies from Warners. I felt, ‘Oh my God that looks familiar to me. Why is Superman bashing so many buildings?’”

Roland Emmerich was actually warned by Steven Spielberg that this would happen, as the iconic director saw that the $817.4 million grossing 1996 blockbuster would immediately be imitated for decades to come.

“I was actually warned by already by Steven Spielberg that this will be happen,” Emmerich continued. “He said ‘Independence Day’ will be the most imitated film of the next 20 years – and he was right. Smart man.” 

You know what they, imitation is the strongest form of flattery. It’s hard to disagree with Emmerich’s comments, as the likes of ‘The Avengers’, ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’, ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, and ‘Man Of Steel’ have each featured scenes of mass destruction that have seen cities pummelled by collapsing skyscrapers and warring superheroes, each of which have been comparable to scenes from Emmerich’s oeuvre.

Despite his “inspirational” work, Emmerich has no intention of joining the superhero contingent, explaining that, having grown up in Germany, he never grew an affinity for the genre, while he also insisted that he wants “to make [his] own films,” before adding, “I pride myself to make originals.”

Despite the above statement, Roland Emmerich clearly isn’t above returning for sequels, though, because ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, a film he has previously admitted he’s spent two decades trying to make, is now in cinemas across the UK.

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