I don’t think they are making [Superhero movies] an elevated art form. I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape. 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… 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.
But 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, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the fuck they’re talking about.”
- DAVID CRONENBERG
(excerpted from an interview conducted by Next Movie)
i’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that not all quotes = endorsements. nevertheless, this quote totally does.
p.s. my 4-star review of Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS, for Box Office Magazine.
Seriously, Cronenberg? You’re dismissing a genre of films as adolescent when you yourself made films for a genre that is often dismissed? (Those would be horror films by the way.)
I could go on and on about what IthoughtCronenberg meant by this, and how hejust doesn’t get it. But screw that, screw those words, screw those defenses. The simple truth that Cronenberg exposed with this quote is that he is critiquing a genre that he knows nothing about. He doesn’t appreciate the rich source material that these films draw from. He doesn’t reallyunderstandthat while these movies are obviously notCitizen Kane, they’re deserve way more credit than he’s giving. No critique that dismisses something as “for kids” is a good critique; it’s a lazy one.
There are good superhero movies and there are bad ones; just like there are good and bad horror films. There are horror films that can rework and transcend their genre and hit you right in the core. A lot of Cronenberg’s 80s films did that for me. Children’s movies can do that for me. And yes, superhero films can do that for me as well. ANY FILM CAN FUCKING DO THAT, as long as you open your fucking mind.