Steven Spielberg Names His 4 Favourite Superhero Movies

Both as a director and a producer, Steven Spielberg has spent his entire career in synch with the mainstream, often defining the path that everyone else follows. However, the most dominant strand in modern filmmaking—the superhero movie—has remained curiously untouched by the world’s most successful filmmaker. According to a recent interview with Brazilian movie website Omelette, there’s a clear philosophical reason that Spielberg has never worked with superheroes: he prefers the real thing.

“There is a difference between heroes and superheroes,” he said, according to /Film’s translation (which we’ve revised slightly). “The hero is an ordinary person who is faced with a serious fact and acts to confront it. A hero is a person who, walking down the street, sees a car on fire and runs to help the person in the driver’s seat. A superhero is a person who, in the same situation, would fly to the car, turn it upside down, and shake it using his super strength until the driver is released. I identify more with the first example.”


While this has stopped Spielberg from making superhero movies of his own, he has no problem enjoying the superhero triumphs of his peers. “I like Richard Donner‘s Superman, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and the first Iron Man,” he explained, before naming his favourite. “The superhero film that impressed me most is one that does not take itself too seriously: Guardians of the Galaxy. When the film was over, I left with the feeling of having seen something new in movies, without any cynicism or darkness.”

Spielberg’s latest non-superhero film, The BFG, arrives in theatres on July 1. Revisit the trailers for his four favourite superhero movies below.