Director David Cronenberg says that super hero movies aren’t offering much to the world of film beyond large profits for the studios.
When asked if he’d considering directing one, he replied, “”I don’t think they are making them an elevated art form,” he said of top-shelf filmmakers and their tentpole pics. “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 did admit that he appreciated Nolan’s technical efforts, with IMAX cameras and the like, but was still unimpressed with the actual movies. Unlike horror films, which he says have the potential of being art, comic book films don’t stand a chance.
“A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it’s comic book. It’s for kids,” Cronenberg asserted. “It’s adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, Dark Knight Rises is supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the f— they’re talking about.”