When the man speaks, we all listen. The man, of course is Steven Spielberg. He is one of the most well known figures all across the world. Arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time.
He also shows genuine care and passion for the future of the film industry. It was only recently where he and George Lucas predicted that movie theater prices would reflect along with the budget of the film. The higher budgeted film, the more you pay. Thus, killing the future independent film. Now of course, that was just a prediction. A prediction I agree with.
Today, Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying.
"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,"
It makes a lot of sense, the western genre was highly popular from the 50's till it finally died down in the 80's. John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were household names, just like Batman and Iron Man are today.
"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 one reason and only reason why I disagree with Spielberg, is because of the in built audience comic book movies have. Superhero films have the advantage of not just being superhero films but book adaptations as well. Westerns never had that. The genre might hit a roadblock soon, but never die.
Ever since Batman 89' the superhero film has constantly been growing. Sure it suffered in the middle. But there will always be an audience for them, even the most obscure of properties, such as Guardians of The Galaxy were well received. A great marketing campaign and quality of product helped of course. Superhero films will keep being profitable as long as they're good. Like any genre of films.
But the superhero film has that distinct advantage of carrying over an audience from another medium. Hell even something as obscure and poorly adapted as Ghost Rider found an audience.
People in India will go and watch Captain America, because they are familiar with the comics.
Comic Cons get sold out much faster than the year before nowadays, as more people are learning about the cool world of comic books.
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