October 17, 2013
Tarantino: Batman Is Boring
Well hell, I thought everybody hated Man of Steel to the world’s end. Quentin Tarantino is at it again with his opinions and such about Ben Affleck as Batman and what he thought about The Lone Ranger. If you’ve seen Tarantino’s films, then you know that The Lone Ranger is probably a childhood classic for him, which raises an eyebrow as to his opinions on Batman.
“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion,” said Tarantino. “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.”
Not an interesting character? For any actor? Alec Baldwin in the 80s?
Am I the only one who thinks Tarantino’s lost his marbles?
Sure, Bruce Wayne doesn’t really carry as much emotional depth as The Lone Ranger, but is it fair to call him completely uninteresting?
Most Batman lovers don’t realize that Batman didn’t have a backstory when he was first created. As far as the public knew, Bruce Wayne was just Adam West in tights. Since his debut all those decades ago, we’ve really opened up the doors to how we see and interpret Batman. Adding in parents (that were murdered ultimately) and a sidekick, along with other love interest and extremely close calls, and you have yourself a high-end super hero.
For Tarantino, that simply doesn’t work.
Looking at Reservoir Dogs on Netflix shows you that his style hasn’t changed much. In the mid-90s, Tarantino was an independent filmmaker just like everyone else. But even without millions of dollars and a track record of some of the most critically acclaimed films of our time, Tarantino cared more about giving the audience something that they wanted, rather than something they needed.
He would tell you that being a filmmaker is more about creating what you find controversial than what everyone deems necessary for the time. Online journalists and critics have called him cynical, crazy, overzealous, racist, and even homophobic. But does including slurs and depictions of the act count as racism or homophobia when it’s still just a film?
Be that as it may, Tarantino has also gained a reputation for writing characters that we can’t seem to forget. Zoe the Cat, Stuntman Mike, Rufus, Jules, Marceles Wallace, Mia and, of course, Lieutenant Aldo Raine all possess a charm that audience members simply can’t walk away from. These men and women are as different in variety as things can get, which lends credit to the variety in his characters.
After all, people are a lot more comfortable with characters that they know. Rather than chalk the screenplay with twenty uninteresting people and their life’s stories, Tarantino usually focuses his storytelling on actually telling the story.
That’ll be enough fan boy excitement time for today, but more on this blog should be expected in the future!!!