David Cronenberg Thinks 'The Dark Knight Rises' Kinda Sucksby: Posted:
Count David Cronenberg among the detractors of Christopher Nolan's Batman series. Yeah, I wasn't aware that anyone disliked "The Dark Knight" either.
The "Cosmopolis" director voiced his complaints with the way that Nolan handled the Batman trilogy, which ended with the recent "The Dark Knight Rises." According to Cronenberg, it's all "still just Batman running around in a stupid cape."
Hey! That cape is NOT stupid! It doubles as a parachute!
"I just don't think it's elevated," Cronenberg explains. "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 ... A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying Dark Knight Rises is 'supreme cinema art,' I don't think they know what the fuck they're talking about."
Granted, "The Dark Knight Rises" is probably not "supreme cinema art." Cronenberg is right there. However, to say that comic books are "for kids" and "adolescent" is to grossly oversimplify the genre. It's exactly that kind of thinking that got us "Batman and Robin," and I'm pretty sure Cronenberg would rather sit through Nolan's movies than that one.
For a guy who is so sure about what makes a movie "supreme cinema art," he sure has gotten mixed reviews. Do you think he's mad that "The Dark Knight" has a higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes than anything that he has ever directed?