It’s hard to say exactly when super hero and comic book movies took control of our theater screens. Some might argue that first contact came back in 2000 with the first X-Men flick. Others might say that it wasn’t until Batman Begins (2005) that super heroes began to be taken seriously. And still others would insist that people weren’t hooked until 2008 and the arrival of the first Iron Man. Whatever your opinion on the matter, the genre has been unleashed upon the world like a tidal wave and the trend shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. One famous director, however, is predicting that even the newly empowered geek generation will eventually get tired of seeing people with super powers busting up bad guys on the big screen. That man is Steven Spielberg and you can scroll on to read what he had to say on the subject.
While talking with Associated Press, Spielberg had these words to share with the general public:
“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.”
Of course, he was more specifically referring to giant, super-budget flicks such as The Avengers. The likelihood that nerds across the world will let super hero movies die completely is fairly low. We’ll get our fix, even if it means we have to turn to fan films or independently produced cinema.
But he does make a pretty good point. Genre fatigue will set in and the general viewing audience won’t be so eager to fill seats to see Avengers 5 or Man of Steel: The Fourth Sequel. Interests will shift gears and some other genre will ascend into the spotlight. Considering the vast quantities of comic book material out there and Hollywood’s inability to come up with anything original, however, it could be quite a while before we reach that point. So, nothing to see here. Move along.
Source: Associated Press