With Wonder Woman set to land later this year and a slew of other Superhero films set to land throughout 2017, there’s no sign of the genre slowing down anytime soon. With talk of Superhero burnout, you’d expect Studios to calm down their releases. Yet if you listen to Wonder Woman’s director Patty Jenkins – she believes that there’s no end in sight for the genre.
Talking at WonderCon 2017, Jenkins stated;
“That’s the great thing about the diversity of superheroes, and one of the reasons why when people say ‘Is the superhero thing gonna die?’ or whatever, I always think it’s so much bigger than that. It’s not about superheroes. It’s about the method of universal storytelling that all people have that is not of one religion, one thing, that America ended up inventing as a way to tell these metaphors about all different kinds of states of being. So to me, they’re the same as the Greek myth, they’re the same as the Roman myth, or religious figures of every religion. These are our common characters that we use to express stories about being a better person, or what you would do if you were faced with various things. So for me, that’s an incredibly powerful thing. There’s a million movies to be told with [these] common characters.”
There has been talk from those within the movie industry about the Superhero bubble bursting, with an ever increasing lineup of Studios and Superheroes being pushed into mainstream media. Directors such as Steven Spielberg have indicated they believe the genre will follow the likes of Westerns and Pirate Movies, inevitably replaced by something new.
How long do you think Superhero movies can continue to charge forward?