So the internet has been up in arms the last couple of days (but when isn’t the internet up in arms over something) because of what Batman v Superman director Zack Sndyer had to say in an interview with The Daily Beast. It appears he’s thrown some shade at Marvel, aw hell no!
Okay but in all seriousness he didn’t exactly throw shade at Marvel, but that’s the angle people seem to be taking. So here’s what happened: In an interview with The Daily Beast Snyder discussed the comments Spielberg made over the nature of superhero films. Spielberg basically said that like the fate of the Westerns, the superhero genre will soon phase out. Which is true, because trends don’t last forever. In response Snyder made the following controversial comment, “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?”. Zack Snyder on Marvel
Look could he have worded that better? Yes. But is he right? In my opinion, he is.
Maybe in the next 5 years we’re going to be seeing several superhero movies each year, but that’s not going to last. Eventually people will get sick of seeing 5 superhero movies a year and will move on to something else. But that doesn’t meant that we’ll never see superhero movies again. Just because Westerns aren’t as frequent as they were before, doesn’t mean we still don’t seem them (Quentin Tarantino still loves them). And when the frequency of superhero films starts slowing down, it won’t be the last we see of them, I’m sure we’ll still get at least one every couple of years.
And the thing is, we’re lucky that we get to see an Ant-Man movie and Aquaman movie etc, but will we still see them after this superhero trend is over? Probably not. The ones I can pretty much guarantee we’ll keep on seeing for decades to come are Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.
These are the characters that are so ingrained in our modern mythology that they do transcend the superhero trend. And as much as I love watching a movie with Ant-Man and all the other random characters, the likelihood of them having a permanent impact on pop culture to the extent that we keep seeing movies made about them for decades to come, seems pretty low.
So when it comes to Zack Snyder on Marvel I don’t think he’s exactly taking a shot at them or Ant-Man, it’s just the way it is. Because now is the time for the really niche superhero characters to shine. But in the long run it’s Batman, Superman and Spider-Man who are always going to have some kind of presence within our pop culture.
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