A few days ago, renowned director Steven Spielberg discussed the future of superhero movies, and how he thinks they will die out after some time.
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."
This got mixed reaction from the public. While some think that he is right, that a time will come when superhero movies won't have the impact they have today, some were absolutely horrified and enraged, saying that he was just "jealous that he can't direct one".
Recently, Zack Snyder, director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League (Parts 1 and 2), and the head honcho of the DC Extended Universe, replied to Steven Spielberg's comments:
“He might not be wrong. I think it puts more pressure on us, the filmmakers, to not just crank out superhero movies for the sake of it. To me, the one thing I love working in the DC universe is that Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman are American mythology.
It’s not about making a superhero, it’s a mythological universe that we live in. That I hope stands the test of time. They stood the test of time. That’s hopefully the sort of magic bullet. But who knows what audiences will want in the future.”
Of course, the interview wouldn't have been complete without any questions about BvS, one of the most hyped movies for next year. Zack Snyder had some interesting revelations for us about that.
“I’m staying with Batman V Superman and Justice League and Justice League 2 — those are my main responsibilities, as well as producing the other movies. That’s the main line. Once you get Justice League, you’re pretty deep in it. But like I was saying, not to be a selfless promoter of our program, what it shows is that we have this giant berth of opportunity with the DC movies now to I think find the opportunities for even young filmmakers to even get involved because there are so many projects.”
Clearly, he is devoting his time to the big movies, trying to tie all the strings together, and give the audiences a blast! But there's more... he discussed a few rumors surrounding the movie:
“There are so many, it’s insanity. It’s funny because every now and then someone will touch on something that’s kind of true, but the next thing they say makes me realise that they took a wild guess. They’ll say something and I’ll say “Oh snap, they must have seen the script.” And then they’ll say, “And this happens!” And then I’ll go, They have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s fun for everyone to speculate and take shots and think of things and try to sell it.
There’s an industry in selling your guess. [People think], “I’m going to make a fake script and look like I read the real one.” What length are you willing to go?
There’s a rumor that my son is [playing] Robin. It’s not true. Now there are all these images of him that people have made where he’s dressed like Robin. It’s fun to hear and see them.”
Now that he has claimed that his son will not be playing Robin, the question is, who will? And even more importantly, will we even see Robin anytime soon, or are do we just need to satisfy ourselves with the Jokerized one?
An interesting point is that he said that some of the rumors surrounding BvS are actually quite true. And yet, we can only hope that March 2016 comes soon!