Steven Spielberg Predicts Collapse of Superhero Movies

Collapse Of Superhero Movies

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg once again expressed his skepticism about the future of superhero films, while promoting his October-debuting film Bridge of Spies.

In a new interview with AP, Jurassic Park director made a prediction that superhero movies would fall out of fashion much like Westerns:

AP: You caused a stir two years ago when you predicted Hollywood was headed toward an “implosion” because of the over-abundance of mega-budget movies. Do you still feel that way?

Spielberg: I do. I still feel that way. We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn’t mean there won’t be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”

The comparison of superhero and cowboy movies is a popular one among film bloggers, critics, and professionals. Both genres, featuring heroic stories, reflect the U.S. current politics and its place in the world. I think the most important difference is rejection of Westerns by international audiences, particularly the Chinese, which cannot be used in superhero-and-fighting-robot-flicks case. However, Spielber believes there’s a finite lifespan to the aforementioned genre’s success:

Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”

He’s right. It won’t last forever. But it’s the length of time before it falls out.

Source: Associated Press