David Cronenberg calls Nolan’s Batman films “boring”

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

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  1. You • August 17, 2012 @ 9:23 AM

    I think he does drugs and not the good kind!

  2. Ur mom • August 17, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

    He’s just upset that few people see his movies.

  3. zuh • August 17, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

    sounds like he knows TONS…. “I read about IMAX in a magazine, sounds interesting”.

    What a boob.

  4. WTF • August 17, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

    What a dummy! Most of his movie are shiet.

  5. Nobody Important • August 17, 2012 @ 11:53 AM

    ashamed to admit he’s a fellow canadian, but the last batman movie was pretty bad on all fronts

  6. C-Dub • August 17, 2012 @ 1:40 PM

    Momento was original and great film. I think Cronenberg is just an artsy guy and this superhero genre is just not for him. Who knows if he’s even seen any of the movies. If he compares them to other superhero movies, the Batman films stand out big time. The plot twists and characters and original view on the comic story. But he is right, they are meant for an adolecent core. BUT really isn’t that what movies are all about. Fantasy? Getting away from reality for a couple hours and watching a STORY unfold. Even if the film is based on reality, it’s still a story and meant as a form of escapism from reality of our own lives for a little while.

    The films just aren’t his cup of tea and he’s entitled to his opinion. Just like some critics you must take with a grain of salt, the types of movies aren’t everyones cup. BUT on the flip side they are more the majority of the populations cup and therefore there is a niche for it and it should and will continue as a genre. Let me know when The Fly or History Of Violence or Existenze reaches the billion dollar mark.

  7. anonymous2 • August 17, 2012 @ 1:55 PM

    What you said is true Ur mom.

  8. ????? • August 24, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

    Well I saw Cosmopolis. That movie was boring! Conenberg treat his public like we are dum ass. So as à dum ass I tell him hé doesn’t know what he talks about

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