Shouldn’t superhero movies have their own genre?

In the past few days there has been a discussion about Superhero movies and how a time will come when they stop being so loved by the audience, in a similar way to how Western films were the be all end all at one point and now we only get one every year or two.  Well I guess anything is bound to become a talking point when a legend like Steven Spielberg is the one that makes the comment.

That is an interesting topic, nevertheless I wanted to turn the angle just slightly, and instead of focusing on the future where Superhero movies die, to their present dominance in the film industry and their categorization.

It seems crazy to me, that after a series of box office hits and successes of comic book adaptations (including Batman, X-Men, Avengers, Superman and so many more), that increase with each passing month, we still see them being categorized in a varying range, from Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi to Crime, Drama, Thriller omitting one very important word that would be 100% accurate and true to the actual genre.  Action, Adventure is more often than not correct, however Sci-Fi and Fantasy don’t really cut it in terms of giving a complete interpretation.  It is very much like categorizing a Western as an Action, Adventure or Crime, Drama, without using the actual name of the genre; hence the audience isn’t able to comprehend the actual content of the film.

Haven’t we had enough time to get used to the superheroes dominating box office time and again? Shouldn’t we be at a point where we can agree of a genre-categorization that would encapsulate all that comic book-adaptations/superhero movies are about, so that it can be described correctly and accurately instead of being an opaque Sci-Fi, Fantasy, like it is now?

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3 comments

  1. You make a good point about how Western got its own identity as a genre. Perhaps it’s because superhero films have only gotten so popular in mainstream that it’s still a young genre? Then again there may also be that “Academy Award” stigma that doesn’t treat superhero films as being “serious” movies.

    I’m not sure where I stand in that conversation. I think the most a supehero movie has gotten me to take it seriously was Nolan’s Batman trilogy, especially Batman Begins. Then again, Batman is the only popular superhero who doesn’t actually have superpowers.

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