Just last week legendary director Steven Spielberg lamented that we may soon bear witness to the death of superhero movies, in a similar vein to how the once incredibly popular Western genre fell from grace, and was almost expunged from the hearts of the general populous.
One man who is no stranger to tackling a superhero epic, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has recently added his ten cents to the conversation, where he goes on to kind of agree with Spielberg's assumptions, but jumps one step further by discussing a possible solution to the eventual slump:
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. ... To me it’s about the drama, the humanity of it. Those are like Shakespearean characters, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, they have inherent drama built into their makeup.
Snyder makes a strong point. Citing again the cyclical nature of pop culture, it's easy to imagine in 10 to 20 years down the line that the general populous' hunger for explosive, CGI filled, action fests might be sated, leading us back into an age where story/character driven features with indie sensibilities reign supreme.
Remember, superhero themed movies are a relatively new phenomenon and, alike any art form, will evolve over time as filmmakers decipher new ways to sing bards alluding to the age old Hero's Journey.
Wouldn't that be interesting though, the next Noah Baumbach or Wes Anderson tackling a distinct nuance of a superhero's ethos? Or, imagine a superhero movie conducted under the rules of Dogme 95!
The Boy Wonder
Leaving this speculation behind, Snyder went on to address a different slant of speculation regarding his son Eli slipping into Robin's iconic red tights, and the numerous other crazy rumors and fan theories he has come across:
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 realize 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.
So some of the rumors about our modern day Shakespearean heroes are actually correct?! Looks like I better start going through my old articles and nailing #CALLEDIT all over them, just to be safe. 'Cause I'm modest like that.
Snyder makes some very valid points in his statements, it's good to see DC's hopes placed in such capable hands. But personally I wouldn't fret about the future of super movies, because there here now and getting better and better!
S'a great time to be a nerd!