Will Ferrell: Hollywood could wear out the superhero genre

Oct. 05, 2010 | 10:40 a.m.

Will Ferrell, center, with "Megamind" characters. (Alex Berliner / Paramount)

Is Hollywood mining the superhero genre to death? That seems to be a common concern these days and with good reason. Next summer, for instance, there will be four major superhero movies — “Green Lantern,” “Thor,” “First Avenger: Captain America” and “X-Men: First Class” — and who could blame overwhelmed moviegoers if they start to get masked-man fatigue?

As the star of the animated superhero spoof  “Megamind,” Will Ferrell will be poking fun at the clichés of the now-crowded sector, but in a serious moment, he noted that Hollywood might “wear out” the audience by overwhelming the genre with too many films.

And speaking of crowds and capes, I did that brief interview with Ferrell on Saturday at a DreamWorks Animation’s promotional event for “Megamind.”  There was a fairly clever theme for the event — the plan was to set a Guinness world record for “largest gathering of superheroes,” and 1,580 people showed up in masks, tights, tiaras, body paint and all manner of costumes, both florid and florescent. Our own version of Captain Video, the talented Tim French, joined me at the event to walk through the crowd and interview a lot of the, um, dignified participants. Watch for that video to go up here soon.

– Geoff Boucher

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