Speaking to Yahoo! about his new Cold War-era thriller Bridge of Spies, blockbuster director Steven Spielberg waxed on the cyclical nature of the movie industry, reiterating his previous comments that the superhero movies that now dominate the box office are headed for "an implosion."
“I do. I still feel that way,” said Spielberg, before comparing the superhero genre to the Western film genre, a once popular genre that saw a sharp decline in the 1970’s.
“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 did acknowledge that that time may not be fast approaching, recognizing the still exceptional popularity of superheroes in the movies.
“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. 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.”
Though he has never directed a superhero film, Spielberg has been involved with numerous comic book adaptations such as The Adventures of TinTin, Men In Black, and Cowboys & Aliens. Spielberg was also a producer on the comedic superhero cartoon Freakazoid.