There’s been a lot of talk about the lifespan of the superhero movie genre recently. It primarily started when director Steven Spielberg predicted the death of it in an interview. Frankly, his comments weren’t in any way over the top and they actually make a lot of sense, but it does get other people chipping in.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Snyder responded to 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. “
It’s easy to see how there could be superhero fatigue in the next handful of years, but the primary way to avoid that is, as Snyder says, to not make movies just because. Filmmakers who care can do a lot more than those who don’t.
He also spoke about rumors surrounding the DC cinematic universe, including the big Robin one:
“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.
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, I never bought the rumor that Snyder’s son was Robin but we do know that Robin has a role in the new film. But that’s probably going to be something that stays under wraps until the film is released.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, and Laurence Fishburne, is set to hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
What do you think of Zack Snyder’s comments and do you believe the superhero movie genre will fade soon? Let us know in the comments!