Over the weekend, Steven Spielberg talked with USAToday in a conference to promote his film Bridge of Spies, and he was asked about his comments two years ago to a University of Southern California class, in which he said, "There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground."
This weekend, Spielberg clarified exactly what he meant with his statement from 2013. "To clarify, I didn't ever predict the implosion of the film industry at all," Spielberg said. "I simply predicted that a number of blockbusters in one summer — those big sort of tent-pole superhero movies — there was going to come a time where two or three or four of them in a row didn't work. That's really all I said. I didn't say the film industry was ever going to end because of them."
This isn't the first time Spielberg made a statement about superhero films. Recently, he said the genre will go "the way of the Western," implying they will be popular for a while but over-saturate the market and become irrelevant. This weekend, he added to those comments, saying the genre "doesn't have the legs or the longevity of the Western, which was around since the beginning of film and only started to wither and shrivel in the '60s."