Don't expect Dakota Johnson to do more movies like “Madame Web”: 'I don't make sense in that world'

The actress also said she's "not surprised" by the tepid reaction to her superhero film.

Dakota Johnson may not have the same power of foresight as her titular heroine in Madame Web, but her own vision of the future doesn't include making more high-profile comic book movies.

In a new Bustle interview, the actress said that working on the superhero flick was "definitely an experience," though not one she's looking to replicate. "I had never done anything like it before," Johnson explained. "I probably will never do anything like it again because I don't make sense in that world. And I know that now. But sometimes in this industry, you sign on to something, and it's one thing and then as you're making it, it becomes a completely different thing, and you're like, 'Wait, what?'"

Released on Valentine's Day and set in Sony's Spider-Man movie universe, Madame Web stars Johnson, 34, as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic who develops psychic powers and becomes a reluctant hero. The film has underperformed at the box office and been panned by critics, while being thoroughly meme-ified.

<p>Courtesy of Sony Pictures</p> Dakota Johnson in 'Madame Web'

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Dakota Johnson in 'Madame Web'

Johnson said she's "not surprised that this has gone down the way it has," adding that "Of course it's not nice to be a part of something that's ripped to shreds, but I can't say that I don't understand."

Part of the problem, according to Johnson, is Hollywood not trusting filmmakers to execute their vision. "It's so hard to get movies made," she said. "And in these big movies that get made — and it's even starting to happen with the little ones, which is what's really freaking me out — decisions are being made by committees, and art does not do well when it's made by committee. Films are made by a filmmaker and a team of artists around them. You cannot make art based on numbers and algorithms."

She also faulted studio execs for not trusting audiences. "My feeling has been for a long time that audiences are extremely smart, and executives have started to believe that they're not," Johnson said. "Audiences will always be able to sniff out bulls---. Even if films start to be made with AI, humans aren't going to f---ing want to see those."

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