Viola Davis Defends The Artistic Merit Of Superhero Movies: 'It’s Not Up To Anyone To Say What Deserves To Be There'
Photo Credit: ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 26: Viola Davis attends the red carpet during the 14th Rome Film Festival on October 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
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Viola Davis Defends The Artistic Merit Of Superhero Movies: 'It’s Not Up To Anyone To Say What Deserves To Be There'

Fresh off of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome Film Festival, Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis is defending the artistic merit of Marvel and DC films.

Recently, director Martin Scorsese commented that superhero films are not real cinema. In the midst of promoting his upcoming film The Irishman, Scoreses’s comments ignited a firestorm on the artistic validity of comic book movies. Viola Davis, who portrayed Amanda Waller in the DC film Suicide Squad, is offering her two cents on the matter.

“I do like a good Marvel movie,” Davis said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I do like a good DC Comics movie.”

Viola Davis also expressed how DC and Marvel films have an impact on the imagination.  “Art lives in that world of imagination. It’s a playground there. It’s God’s playground. It’s not up to anyone to say what deserves to be there and what doesn’t deserve to be there,” she continued. “It’s anything that you want to be in that place can live there. And that is why we have some of the greatest painters, some of the greatest actors, some of the greatest writers, and that’s why we live. So I do believe that there’s a place for all of it.”


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