Everybody has a shot at the superhero movie genre – most recently, it was acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, who said that the genre will fade away like many others before, and Emma Thompson, who said that there is no real suspense in these kinds of movies.
But I’ve talked about that and I’ve tried to bring some arguments against what these two have said. Now, Zack Snyder and Chris Evans have commented on this issue. So what do they have to say about the so called superhero movie fatigue?
Zack Snyder doesn’t contradict Steven Spielberg
When asked to comment what Spielberg said about the superhero movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director didn’t exactely contradict his fellow director. However, he did approach the issues from a different perspective.
As I said, these aren’t necessarily just superhero flicks, but rather a mix of genres, sprinkled with some superhero stuff. Here’s what Zack Snyder said: “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.” (via Comic Book Movie)
So, in a way, ultimately, this isn’t any longer about a particular genre, but about the expectations of the audiences – who may or may not be met.
And they won’t be met if duds such as 2015’s Fantastic Four continue to happen – and this is the most recent example.
But another issues that has plagued many superhero flicks was the one being too overburdened with characters (and the Spider-Man franchises are the best example to be given). Head up to the next page for more about this from Zack Snyder!