The Marvel and DC movies are some of the most loved and successful projects in cinematic history. While being appreciated by some, their continued success is seen as an issue to some people in the movie industry.
A number of well-known directors previously talked about the influence of superhero productions’ success on the industry. Movies with no connection to Marvel or DC had a hard time getting financed, and this halted several original film ideas.
In a recent interview, Jared Leto, set to star in “Morbius,” revealed that he thought along the same line. In his view, the MCU and their influence on audiences helped cinema stay relevant until this time. He also added that he was somewhat heartbroken because the result led to little room for other movie projects.
Jared Leto On How Cinemas Have Survived Till Now
Leto recently appeared in an interview and revealed why he thought cinemas were still in operation. The actor is slated to appear as Morbius in the self-titled Marvel movie, to be released on April 1.
In his Variety interview, the 50-year-old revealed that he thought theatres would still be operating without the presence of Marvel movies and their influence on audiences. He said, “If it wasn’t for Marvel films, I don’t even know if theaters would exist.”
Leto added that while he was “a bit of a snob” regarding movies, he still worried about how the industry was coping financially and said a majority of the superhero blockbusters should be appreciated for their support.
Jared Leto Said There Isn’t Room For Everyone
In the interview, the “Suicide Squad” actor revealed that while he was grateful for the impact of the superhero movies, they didn’t create much room for other projects. He said, “It doesn’t seem like there’s room for everyone, and that starts to become a little heartbreaking.”
When talking about his role as “Morbius”, Leto revealed that he wanted to reprise his role as the vampiric anti-hero in potential sequels. Another thing he didn’t mind doing was interacting with other members of the MCU like Venom and Spider-Man.
The actor also mentioned his role as the Joker in the 2016 “Suicide Squad.” Leto revealed that if asked by Warner Bros to reprise his role, he would accept the offer. He added, “Never say never.”
‘Morbius’ Will Be Released On April 1
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Leto’s character is named Dr. Micheal Morbius, a doctor diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. His transformation to a vampire happened after the doctor conducted certain experiments on himself, eventually leading to a cure. The movie was directed by Daniel Espinosa, known for his work in “Life.”
The Marvel movie was initially supposed to be released in July 2020 as the third movie in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. The first two are “Venom” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” The pandemic reportedly caused some disruption for the movie release date, so “Morbius” was rescheduled for October 8, 2021, then moved several times to its current April 1 date.
The recent move was due to the surge in the Omicron variant of COVID in the United States. “Morbius” will premiere in Mexico at the Plaza Carso on March 10. The release date for the UK is on March 31, and the US is on April 1.
Marvel Was Accused Of Releasing ‘Theme Park Rides’ Instead Of Actual Movies
Leto isn’t the only one to think superhero movies dominate cinema. Some big-name Hollywood directors previously opened up to their distaste for them, and the number of movies and series released every year.
Famous filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese said the MCU was more focused on putting together a theme park ride instead of actual cinema. Another director, Roland Emmerich, highlighted the difficulty for a filmmaker to get a thumbs up for an original idea due to the abundance of superhero movies between the MCU and DCEU.
Marvel actor Benedict Cumberbatch said something along the same line in his interview with Vanity Fair. The “Doctor Stange” actor said, “Unless you have a Marvel star, financing any film is very, very, very, very difficult— no matter how important the story, no matter how urgent the story, no matter how taken and awarded and appreciated the artist is.”