Robert Downey Thinks the Super Hero Film Craze is Getting Old

Robert Downey Jr. made one of the screen’s greatest career comebacks when he became Iron Man, leading the once down-and-out actor to become the biggest star in Hollywood. He’s officially playing the armored hero again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America 3. However, he’s been coy and inconsistent about whether or not he’d star in a fourth Iron Man film. He says, “There’s no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan and I think they’re going to announce it.”

Does he want to keep playing Iron Man? How does he feel about the whole massive trend of super hero adaptations? Downey says, “Honestly, the whole thing is just showing the beginning signs of fraying around the edges. It’s a little bit old. Last summer there were five or seven different ones out. I feel that they are critiqued by a different metric to any other movie.”

He further says, “They are more forgiven because they operate on a different frequency. It’s like a bunch of really good dancers and you’re looking for the one who keeps changing her leg warmers.” He also adds, “The nice thing is if you have 10 pints of ice cream in the freezer and its nighttime, you go, ‘I’m not really feeling it for ice cream”.

Is Downey right that the genre is fraying around the edges and getting a bit old? There are currently 30 projects based on DC and Marvel properties set to come out between 2015 and 2020, which is an average of five movies a year. Will we soon be at the point where the industry is too saturated with super heroes that quality suffers for the sake of quantity? Is this too much of a good thing?