There's few Hollywood directors alive today with the track-record and judgment that surpasses the legendary Steven Spielberg - so when he speaks, many listen. Now, he's signaled the end of popularity of the current Hollywood superhero trend.
Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of the release of his first feature film in three years; the cold war thriller 'Bridge of Spies', Spielberg puts it bluntly. "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. 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."
Starring Tom Hanks in his fourth collaboration with Spielberg, "Bridge of Spies" opens in the United States on October 16th.