[Movies] Quentin Tarantino: ‘Batman is Not a Very Interesting Character’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.10.2013
Plus his defense of The Lone Ranger…
In a recent interview with Les Inrocks (via The Playlist), Quentin Tarantino revealed that he doesn't think Batman is an interesting character. He also defended his naming The Lone Ranger one of the best films of 2013. Below are some highlights:
Tarantino on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman and his thoughts on the character: "I have to admit that I don't really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the '80s."
His defense of The Lone Ranger: "The first forty-five minutes are excellent ... [but] the next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene -- incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, 'What, that's the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?' That being said, I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto's backstory -- the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that's a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. ... The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it…ugly."