Quentin Tarantino & Oliver Stone Knock BATMAN
In separate interviews, Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction") and Oliver Stone ("Any Given Sunday"), both take shots at Batman. Quentin, doesn't think The Dark Knight is all that interesting, while Oliver doesn't think comic book movies are showing authentic violence.
Quentin Tarantino recently chatted with the French weekly, Les Inrockuptibles ( via Indiewire), in which he explained his love for the box office flop, The Lone Ranger, which surprisingly made his top ten. He also discussed his lack of interest in Batman, but did mention an actor that would've been perfect for the role... several decades ago.
“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion,” he said. “Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ’80s.”
And then there is Oliver Stone, who shared with Forbes his displeasure with one key scene from the Breaking Bad finale, and used Batman and Superman films as examples of violence being portrayed in an unrealistic way. “It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don't even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity."
Stone does believe something interesting could be generated from one particular comic book superhero, "But I think there might be in Iron Man… there could be some good stories about war profiteering, some good moral tales. I agree. Comics were that for that reason, remember? But when you’ve reached this height of technology level of a Michael [Bay], of a Transformers, I don’t understand the meaning of it and the reason for it, except that it appeals to some visual sense, some kinetic sense of dynamism and a need for action. But action is not always a solution, character is.”
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