James Cameron won’t be heading to theaters anytime soon to catch the latest Marvel or DC movie.
The “Titanic” director, 68, discussed the evolution of cinema in a new interview, noting how comic book characters lack depth.
“When I look at these big, spectacular films — I’m looking at you, Marvel and DC — it doesn’t matter how old the characters are, they all act like they’re in college,” Cameron told The New York Time.
“They have relationships, but they really don’t,” the “Avatar” filmmaker went on. “They never hang up their spurs because of their kids.”
He added: “The things that really ground us and give us power, love, and a purpose? Those characters don’t experience it, and I think that’s not the way to make movies.”
Cameron’s next project is “Avatar: The Way of Water,” due out Dec. 16.
It’s the follow-up to his 2009 flick “Avatar,” taking place 15 years after the original.
“Avatar” follows a former Marine named Jake (played by Sam Worthington), who experiences the Na’vi culture and falls in love with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
The sequel will spotlight Jake and Neytiri as they parent their three children and their adopted daughter.
“Zoe and Sam now play parents, 15 years later,” Cameron said. “In the first movie, Sam’s character leaps off his flying creature and essentially changes the course of history as a result of this crazy, almost suicidal leap of faith.”
The Canadian native added: “And Zoe’s character leaps off a limb and assumes there’s going to be some nice big leaves down there that can cushion her fall. But when you’re a parent, you don’t think that way. So for me, as a parent of five kids, I’m saying, ‘What happens when those characters mature and realize that they have a responsibility outside their own survival?’”
Worthington also spoke with the Times, giving some insight into the sequel.
“Jim wrote this family in a great way where not only are the stakes life and death, but the conflicts are quite domestic,” the Aussie actor said. “You’re still having these arguments with kids that you have every day, like, ‘Pick up your clothes, eat your food,’ even though the world is at war.”
“Avatar: The Way of Water” also stars Kate Winslet as Ronal, a leader of the Metkayina, a lesser-known clan of the Na’vi tribe.
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