In an interview with The Film Stage, actor Ethan Hawke stated that “Logan” was not a great movie, but a “fine superhero movie.”
He continued to say that there is a difference between the two, implying that films of the comic book genre should not be considered amazing cinema.
I, however, disagree and believe that comic book films deserve proper recognition.
“Logan,” which was released last year, earned high praise from critics for its touching story and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The film is truly unlike anything else in the genre. It features fight sequences and heavy violence, but it is also incredibly emotional and the ending leaves you speechless.
The fact that “Logan” is about a Marvel character should not matter when determining whether it is a great film or not.
There is no single definition of what makes a great film; rather, there are several components that constitute what makes one.
I think the best films have an intriguing story, believable performances and are memorable overall.
“Logan” and several comic book films certainly fit these categories, as do films of other genres.
For example, I was just as moved by the dynamic between Wolverine and X-23 in “Logan” as I was when I watched Elisa and the Amphibian Man bond in “The Shape of Water.”
While the two relationships are dissimilar, with Wolverine and X-23 acting like father and daughter, their portrayals are both highly convincing.
The only detail separating the films is that “The Shape of Water” was a considerably stronger contender during awards season. There isn’t a specific reason as to why that was the case, but I suspect “Logan” wasn’t taken as seriously because it was still “a superhero movie.”
“The Shape of Water” received the Academy Award for Best Picture and “Logan” went home with nothing.
One could argue that “Logan” did not stand a chance against the other films nominated, but it is important to note that Entertainment Weekly reported it as “the first film to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay based on superhero comic books.”
This fact proves that comic book films are lacking in terms of receiving accolades compared to other genres, like dramas.
Hawke said in the same interview regarding “Logan” that “big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they wanna make money off of it.”
It isn’t a secret that comic book films generate more box office revenue than small-budgeted films, but that shouldn’t be a valid reason for excluding them at awards shows.
The Academy announced in August that it would be adding a “Best Popular Film” category to the Oscars next year, which many did not find fair.
This new addition seemed like a consolation prize for high-budget films that traditionally do not get nominated for Best Picture, but do well at the box office.
When “Black Panther” was released earlier this year, some believed that it was worthy of a Best Picture nomination. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that Disney hired “veteran Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to orchestrate [an awards] campaign.”
I personally believe “Black Panther” is completely deserving of a Best Picture nomination and I am glad the Best Popular Film category was scrapped
Comic book films should not be classified as good or bad based on their genre. Films should be judged on their quality, regardless of what goes on during