HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Writer/director James Gunn at The World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA April 19th, 2017 (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Academy Award winner Jodie Foster does not care for superhero movies. In an interview with Radio Times (via DailyMail) the actress and director took aim at the genre, saying that she would never make “$200 million movies about superheroes.” That was actually the nicest thing she said.

Foster believes studios are doing real harm by chasing big audiences (and big box office) with superheroes and other blockbusters.

“Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking  — you get the best return right now but, you wreck the earth. It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.”

For Foster, making movies is much more about her own growth than financial returns.

“I feel like I make movies because there are things I have to say in order to figure out who I am or my place in the world, or for me to evolve as a person.”

When a fan on Twitter alerted him to Foster’s comments, Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn shared his response.

Jodie Foster is not the first and will not be the last person in Hollywood to slam superhero movies. As the biggest, most consistent presence at the box office, they are an easy target. Credit to Gunn for properly acknowledging that there are examples that could be used to support Foster’s arguments, but there are also plenty of spectacle films, even ones with superheroes, that are substantial and not merely superficial.

In casting such a wide net, Foster falls into a trap of her own making. It’s doubtful she’s watched many modern superhero/spectacle films, if any, so she’d have a hard time noticing all the good content that exists among them. Gunn’s own Guardians films, especially Vol. 2, make for an even stronger rebuttal to Foster’s point than any of his tweets.