– by David Kozlowski

Jason Fuchs was a typical Hollywood actor-writer bouncing around the fringes of the industry, searching for his big break. You probably wouldn’t recognize him if you saw him on the street. After 20 years of bit parts and voice-overs, his break came with the screenplay for Ice Age: Continental Drift, which made almost $900 million worldwide and opened a bunch of doors.

Five years later Fuchs has crafted screenplays and stories for Pan, Wonder Woman, Luna Park, and he’s attached to both Minecraft: The Movie and DC’s Lobo. He’s clearly a talent worth paying attention to.

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Fuchs might have found his niche with DC Films, and he’s got some strong opinions about the genre.

LRM‘s own Gig Patta spoke with Fuchs on the red carpet of the USC Libraries Scripter Awards, where he shared his feeling about the growing influence and acceptance of superhero films within the industry:

“I think comic book movies sometimes get short shrift when it comes to awarding screenplays. So it’s been great to see Logan get the praise it rightfully deserved, it’s been amazing to see people respond to the script for Wonder Woman the way they have.”

He also conveys his hopes for the genre and where he believes it’s headed:

“I think superhero movies sometimes get a rap as popcorn movies that can’t have something serious or worthwhile to say, and I hope films like Logan and Wonder Woman have changed people’s minds about what these films can do, and what they can represent. So it’s great. It’s very gratifying, and I think it’s healthy for the genre in the industry for screenplays like Wonder Woman and screenplays like Logan‘s be recognized in this way. I think it’s important.”

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy arguably shifted expectations about the quality and seriousness of superhero movies. Marvel’s decade of success has had its own ups-and-downs, but they’ve also raised the dramatic stakes with Captain America: Civil War and most people expect Black Panther to continue the journey. Fuchs’ Wonder Woman story was relatively formulaic, but it served to establish that strong characters work regardless of gender — another huge step forward for the genre.

It’s unlikely that a superhero film will win best actor, director, screenplay, or picture in the near future. However, there’s little debate that these movies are constantly improving in terms of story, character, and payoff. Fuchs’ work on Wonder Woman was solid, and we expect to hear more from him in the future.

Do you think Logan and Wonder Woman are outliers or the new standard for superhero films? Let us know in the comments down below!

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.