Zack Snyder throws jabs at Marvel via Spielberg’s comments on superhero movies

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In a recent article, Steven Spielberg gave his thoughts about the surge of superhero movies taking over Hollywood. He stated that the genre would eventually run out of steam and go the way of the Western genre. Spielberg is coming to this conclusion based upon Hollywood’s constantly changing climate. A few years ago, we went through the vampire genre in Hollywood, however nowadays vampire movies are few and far between. Zack Snyder agreed to Spielberg’s comments, but with added Snyder-ego and a jab at their rivals.

In the interview with Daily Beast, Snyder spoke of working with Geoff Johns and their upcoming DC movies. However he was then asked on what his thoughts were on Spielberg’s comments about superhero movies. Here’s what he stated:

It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making,” he said. “I feel like he’s right. 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 flavor of the week Ant-Man—not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, however that statement is oozing hubris for his work and the material he’s working with. I do agree with him that Batman and Superman are two of the most iconic characters in comic book history, however just like the climate in Hollywood, comic book character popularity and recognition has now changed as well. In fact if you went back in time to the early 2000s, the general public didn’t know who Iron Man was. Only the true comic book fans knew who he was along with  Green Lantern, Deadpool, or even Shazam.

The point I’m getting at is that despite what Spielberg or Snyder say, these movies have made such a major impact on our society and it goes beyond just Batman and Superman now. To claim that they transcend superhero movies just because they’re Batman and Superman, is just ridiculous. It almost echoes “fanboy” which is the last thing we’d like to hear coming from the mouth of a director.

No one knows what the state of this genre will be in the future, but as a comic book movie fan, I really hope these movies keep continuing. A lot of these characters are now live on-screen and I just can’t get enough of costumed badasses with eye-lasers, conjured lightning, or aliens getting repulsor blasted through walls.


(Oh and I did quick research and found out that the most popular comic book character in the world is actually Spider-Man! That’s surprising since I originally thought it was Batman.)

Source: The Daily Beast 

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