If you've been wondering what David Cronenberg would do with a huge budget and a caped crusader, prepare to keep wondering forever. The chance of Cronenberg taking on a superhero movie is somewhere between zero and nothing, according to his interview with NextMovie.
"A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core," explains Cronenberg. "That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying 'The Dark Knight Rises' is, you know, supreme cinema art, I don't think they know what the f**k they're talking about."
The suggestion that directors like Christopher Nolan have elevated the genre doesn't resonate with Cronenberg:
"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, 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 movies, to me, they're mostly boring."
His dismissal of the genre doesn't extend to its cast, however; Cronenberg admits he'd love to act in a superhero movie.
"Honestly, as a crew member or an actor, to be part of a huge industrial enterprise like that -- 'cause that's what it is when you're spending $250 million -- would be interesting. And also, it's not taking up two years of your life or three the way it does when you're directing. So if you can dip in for two months or three months, why not? And make a lot of money and have some fun. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. Gary Oldman, who really is a fabulous actor, and he does the best version of that role that I've ever seen."
Sorry, fans of "eXistenZ" and extraordinary powers: You can love both, but it looks like never the twain shall meet.
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