Are superhero movies doomed?
If we go by Steven Spielberg's recent statements, comic book movies are to go the way of the Western.
"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," Spielberg told the AP, reports Yahoo.
Spielberg goes on to explain his thoughts in that he thinks super hero movies are part of a cycle, and that someone will eventually come up with something new.
"Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture," Spielberg offered. "There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."
Spielberg also previously said he feels Hollywood is headed toward an "implosion" because of the over-abundance of mega-budget movies, in which he still feels the same way.
"I do. I still feel that way," Spielberg said.
Speaking of mega-budget movies, Spielberg was executive producer on the blockbuster Jurassic World, which had a $150 million budget of its own, and with the success of the Marvel movies, and most likely the DC movies, it doesn't seem as if the superhero doomsday is coming any time soon.
Up next for Spielberg is the adaptation of Ready Player One in which he will direct for WB.
Just in case you are wondering, here is the DC and Marvel comic book movie list through 2020:
February 12: Deadpool (Fox)
March 25: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6: Captain America: Civil War
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)
August 5: Suicide Squad
October 7: Gambit (Fox)
November 4: Doctor Strange
March 3: Untitled Wolverine sequel (Fox)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
June 2: Fantastic Four 2 (Fox)
June 23: Wonder Woman
July 28: Spider-Man film (Sony & Marvel)
November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
November 17: Justice League, Part 1
March 23: The Flash
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1
July 6: Black Panther
July 13: Untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film
July 20: Spider-Man Animated Feature (Sony)
July 27: Aquaman
November 2: Captain Marvel
April 5: Shazam
May 3: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2
June 14: Justice League, Part 2
July 12: Inhumans
April 3: Cyborg
June 19: Green Lantern Corps