Director David Cronenberg: ‘Christopher Nolan’s Batman films are boring’

The controversial filmmaker insists 'The Dark Knight Rises' is not a work of 'supreme cinema art'

David Cronenberg has branded Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies “mostly boring”.

The Canadian director is known for making provocative movies like 1996’s notorious Crash, which focuses on a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents. His latest film, Cosmopolis, stars Robert Pattinson as a billionaire who battles existential demons as he takes a limo ride across Manhattan – scroll down to watch the trailer.

When asked whether he could be tempted to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan and use his indie background to make an arty superhero movie like The Dark Knight Rises, Cronenberg was dismissive. He told NextMovie: “I don’t think they are making them an elevated art form. I think it’s still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don’t think it’s elevated. 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.”

Cronenberg proceeded to praise Nolan’s technical accomplishments, but insisted that he remains unmoved by the subject matter. He added: “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.”

However, Cronenberg refused to blame Nolan for making the films “boring”, claiming that the director was limited by his source material. He explained: “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 fuck they’re talking about.”

Cosmopolis opened in UK cinemas in June (2012) and receives a US release this Friday (August 17). The Dark Knight Rises, the final instalment in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, opened in July and passed the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office earlier this week (August 13).