When the first Independence Day movie was released in 1996, it set a standard for many, many action movies that followed over the next years. So much so, that director Roland Emmerich believes that modern super hero movies are mere imitations of his work.
“I felt that when I saw some of these Marvel movies or DC movies from Warners,” he told Loaded. “I felt, ‘oh my God that looks familiar to me’. Why is Superman bashing so many buildings? I was actually warned already by Steven Spielberg that this will happen. He said Independence Day will be the most imitated film of the next 20 years – and he was right. Smart man.”
While movie makers always take inspirations from each other, there’s hardly any proof that Marvel or DC are only looking to imitate Independence Day – after all, there are only so many ways to make an action movie with explosions and whatnot, similarities are inevitable. Emmerich also stated that he himself has very little interest in super hero movies.
“Very early in my career I was offered one or two of those, but it’s not my kind of film. I grew up in Germany and we weren’t big on superheroes to begin with – they didn’t work as well as everywhere else in the world. Only now they work very well. I just also felt that I wanted to make my own films. I pride myself to make originals. Even ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is quite original for a sequel because it’s more the continuation of the story.”
Independence Day: Resurgence is in theaters now.