While promoting Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg was asked what he thought about big-time directors, directing superhero films. Mr. Cronenberg had a few things to say on the matter.
He said The Dark Knight Rises was ”boring”, which I has no problem with, that’s his opinion, but he went on to say this:
“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 supreme cinema art, I don’t think they know what the f— they’re talking about.”
First off, not all comic books are for kids. Like film, there’s comics for kids and comics for adults, so no, it’s not adolescent in it’s core. Even Batman is not a kids comic. And remember, this same guy directed A History of Violence, a film adapted from a comic book!
Funny thing about art is, it’s SUBJECTIVE! Do I think The Dark Knight Rises is supreme cinema art? No. Is it art? Yes, of course. But hey, some people might think it is. Some people might take away something different from The Dark Knight Rises or any film in particular, than you or I did.
So at the end of the day, I don’t think David Cronenberg knows what the fuck he is talking about when it comes to comic book movies.