Steven Spielberg is no stranger to huge blockbuster films, and is one of the directors who in fact started the trend. But he has never dipped his toes into the incredible money-making fad that is the superhero film franchise. And judging by his recent comments, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
In a talk at the USC School of Cinematic Arts back in 2013 with George Lucas, Spielberg stated in regards to the current mega blockbuster/superhero films that “there’s eventually going to be an implosion – or a big meltdown.”
And now in a recent interview with the Associated Press while promoting his new Cold War drama Bridge of Spies, Spielberg voices his thoughts on the subject again: “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.”
Despite Marvel and DC’s plans to continue making movies for as long as humanly possible, Spielberg makes a good case. With so many of these movies coming out every year, audiences are bound to realize that they want something new and with less spandex.
The interview came right around the time that THR reported that his company DreamWorks will be leaving Disney most likely for Universal. But The BFG, set to come out July 1st 2016, will still be released with Disney.