With the deluge of superheroes in recent years set to become an outright flood shortly, criticism and doubts about the genre’s ongoing popularity have increased in recent years with some major players within the industry like filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Dan Gilroy weighing in.
One of the key on-screen players in the rise of the genre’s popularity has been that of actor Chris Evans in two key comic roles – Captain America/Steve Rogers and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. Now out doing promotion for his indie film “Before We Go,” Evans spoke with Collider about why he thinks this type of film will continue to be popular:
“I certainly think that given the fact that technology has finally advanced, they’re always going to be looking for other films to match their technological accomplishments. Any film that can incorporate these larger-than-life characters and fantastical locations and plots, the technology wants to prove they can do it so whether it’s superhero film or fantasy in general, that’s going to surge for a while.”
Talking about how superhero movies will adapt to an overworked industry, Evans claims superhero fare will have staying power so long as it remains fresh:
“In terms of superhero in general, existing properties that we know and love, it’s going to be a matter of the tone they strike. You could look at Jason Bourne as a superhero. You could take any superhero movie and if you ground it enough, if you make it real enough – that’s what I think [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo] do really well. Certain superhero movies feel like ‘superhero movies.’ Russo movies almost feel like human stories with a little bit of superhero sprinkled in. So you might get exhausted of the larger-than-life powers I suppose, but as long as the filmmakers keep on reinventing the approach and the flavor and the tone, audiences are going to still go.”
Around two dozen superhero films are due in cinemas over the next few years with at least seven set to be released in 2016 alone.