David Cronenberg – the acclaimed Canadian director whose most recent film is the Robert Pattinson-starring Cosmopolis – has completely denounced the superhero genre in a recent interview with NextMovie. When asked whether he would ever try his hand at a costumed hero, Cronenberg was very forthcoming about his opinion of the genre. “I don’t think they are making them an elevated art form,” he said. “I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don’t think it’s elevated. Christopher Nolan‘s best movie is Memento, and that is an interesting movie. I don’t think his Batman movies are half as interesting though they’re 20 million times the expense.” Cronenberg wasn’t completely negative, however; he was open about his admiration of the technical wizardry in Nolan’s films.
“What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff,” he continues, “which, you know, he’s shooting IMAX … That’s really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in American Cinematography Magazine, and technically, that’s all very interesting. The movies, to me, they’re mostly boring.” When asked why he thought the genre was incapable of being “elevated” to the realms of high art, Cronenberg was blunt. “But a superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s a comic book,” he explains. “It’s for kids. It’s adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, The Dark Knight Rises is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the f**k they’re talking about.” ~Devin Garabedian