You know I like superhero movies. I am a dyed in the wool superhero guy since I was a kid. But I have to say I generally agree with what David Cronenberg says about the genre, and why he won't do a superhero movie:
I don't think they are making them an elevated art form. I think it's still Batman running around in a stupid cape... [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, you know, "Dark Knight Rises" is, you know, supreme cinema art," I don't think they know what the f**k they're talking about.
Ouch! A direct hit on Christopher Nolan. But that's not all Cronenberg had to say about the filmmaker:
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. What he is doing is some very interesting technical stuff, which, you know, he's shooting IMAX and in 3-D. That's really tricky and difficult to do. I read about it in "American Cinematography Magazine," and technically, that's all very interesting. The movie, to me, they're mostly boring.
Anybody who works in the studio system has got 20 studio people sitting on his head at every moment, and they have no respect, and there's no…it doesn't matter how successful you've been. And obviously Nolan has been very successful. He's got a lot of power, relatively speaking. But he doesn't really have power.
I can't disagree. Besides the fact that I'm not an enormous fan of Nolan's Batfilms, I agree with Cronenberg that comic book movies are inherently juvenile. Which is why I like them best when they embrace that, and don't try to elevate themselves beyond their own best elements.
Cronenberg says that he would act in a superhero movie - "I would play Batman," he says - but otherwise there's no interest. And that's good. Again, I like superhero movies, but I also like grown up movies - the kinds that Cronenberg makes.