Spielberg: Superhero Films Will Dwindle

A few years ago Steven Spielberg dropped some comments about the film industry potentially imploding due to its over-reliance on big budget summer blockbusters.

In a new interview with The Associated Press for his upcoming Cold War-era thriller “Bridge of Spies,” he admits he hasn’t changed his mind:

“I still feel that way. 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.

Right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving… I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. 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.”

Back in 2013, Spielberg warned there would be an implosion where “three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm” during an appearance at USC.