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?