Zack Snyder recently gave his view on Steven Spielberg’s comments predicting the demise of the present popular superhero genre, agreeing with him that it will most likely die out as other genres have in the past.
He did, however, clarify his comments further, as he is after all directing one of the biggest and most anticipated films of recent memory in 2016’s Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice, saying: “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”
The director, who is also tasked with bringing DC’s – and arguably comics’ – biggest super-team, the JLA to screen as well also targeted the Marvel competition in a friendly bit of fanboy baiting: “I feel like he’s right,” he said of Spielberg’s comments, “But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavour of the week Ant-Man – not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?
As a fan of comics and these movies, I tend to agree with Snyder. While Marvel seem to have a formula down for a successful superhero movie, despite Ant-man and Age of Ultron’s blasé reviews, the only iconic superhero they have is Spider-Man which they have yet to utilise properly on film. In terms of recognition, acclaim and iconic status, Marvel can’t come close to DC’s powerhouses as well as Marvel’s seeming inability to craft their villains on screen with any depth.
Only time will tell if Snyder can back up this fighting talk but from the trailers we’ve already seen and the industry talk so far I remain optimistic and look forward to it.
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