David Cronenberg Clarifies ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Criticism

Why all the hard feelings, guys and gals? When David Cronenberg said he doesn’t think “The Dark Knight” trilogy brought the comic book movie scene to an “elevated art form,” he really wasn’t criticizing Christopher Nolan’s movies at all, as he says in a new interview.

“The question was asked, to me. And, of course, when they quote me, they never quote themselves or the question that provoked the response. I was asked, then the journalist woman said, ’By the way, superhero comic book movies have shown to rise to the highest level of cinematic art – would you be interested in doing one?’ And I said, ’Wait, who said they have risen to the highest level of cinematic art?’ That’s when I started my little rant,” Cronenberg explained to The Playlist, adding that he still hasn’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises.” “I was really responding to that. She proposed that about the new Batman movies. I had seen the one before this [’The Dark Knight’], not the new one, and I think at that time only journalists had seen it. So I wasn’t talking specifically about that movie and I wasn’t criticizing it directly.”

(For the record, the interview in question did run as a Q&A.)

Cronenberg continued to explain that he doesn’t think a comic book movie can rise above being a comic book movie in his opinion.

“Comic books were — especially those comic books which I was raised on (I loved Captain Marvel) — created for adolescents and they have a core that is adolescent,” he said. “To me, that limits the discourse of your movie if you’re basing it accurately on that, and you cannot rise to the highest level of cinematic art. That’s my take on it.”

He added of the interview, “I went on to say that, of course, technically they can be incredibly interesting, since there are very clever people making the movie and of course have a lot of money they are throwing at it. But creatively, artistically, they are incredibly limited. It got bent out of shape that I was dissing Christopher Nolan, which just wasn’t’ the case.”

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