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David Cronenberg: ‘Dark Knight’ Fans Don’t Know “What the F— They’re Talking About”

David Cronenberg
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Director David Cronenberg has made some fantastic films over his career including ‘The Fly,’ ‘Videodrome,’ ‘A History of Violence,’ ‘Scanners’ and ‘Cosmopolis‘ which opens in theaters tomorrow. But don’t expect him to direct a superhero movie any time soon. The director recently was asked about ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ and had some harsh words for the Batman franchise.

In an interview with Next Movie, Cronenberg was asked if he would ever consider directing a superhero movie now that well-respected directors like Christopher Nolan have worked in the genre. This is what Cronenberg had to say about ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy:

I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape….The movie, 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, ‘Dark Knight Rises’ is, you know, supreme cinema art,” I don’t think they know what the f**k they’re talking about.

Well, okay! If crazy internet fans sent death threats over bad reviews, we’re curious to see the response to these remarks…

So he’s not a big fan of ‘The Dark Knight’ movies. Cronenberg did go on to add that he likes Christopher Nolan, respect what he did on a technical level with the film and thinks ‘Memento’ was a good movie but we’re sure most Nolan fans would read down that far.

So what do you think? Can the ‘Dark Knight’ films be enjoyable without being considered “art?” Should the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ films be considered art? Is Cronenberg just trying to be controversial to see his new film?

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