It seems as though superhero movie news arrives with the daily paper as we inch closer and closer to the release of films such as: [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), and Deadpool to name a few. With all of the hype surrounding the genre at the height of its popularity thus far, one of the greatest names in cinema decided to make a statement that would rain on the parades of comic book movie fans everywhere.
The man was none other than legendary director, Steven Spielberg, and his comment was this: "They'll die off like Westerns." 'They' of course being a reference to the genre of superhero films. In an interview with Associated Press, he expanded on this point and went on to say:
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.
It is an interesting point though - so interesting in fact, that Yahoo could not help but ask Zack Snyder about his thoughts on Spielberg's comments. There may not be a more talked about director in the genre today, and at the helm of one of the most anticipated comic book movies, Snyder may have surprised a few people with his response.
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…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.
Instead of attacking the comment directly, Snyder decides to deflect attention onto his upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - a diplomatic answer from the director of multiple movies in the franchise.
Personally, I like the comments by Snyder. Calling the DC universe "American mythology" shows that the genre is truly evolving. These characters have become iconic figures in Hollywood cinema, rather than mere illustrations found inside comic books. Batman and Superman, among other characters, have risen to peak of popular culture today - and Snyder recognizes that fact.
The BvS director also sounded off on conjecture surrounding the upcoming film - the rumor that his son would be playing Robin.
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.
So, there you have it. Superhero movies are not going anywhere just yet, Zack Snyder's son is not playing Robin, and oh yeah, Michael Shannon's character, Zod, will not be sporting flippers when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters in March of 2016.
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