Quentin Tarantino: Batman Is Not a Very Interesting Character

But the outspoken filmmaker wishes best of luck to Ben Affleck; also praises 'Lone Ranger' in new interview

Quentin Tarantino is a man of many words, whether fanboys like it or not.

In a new interview with French print publication Les Inrockuptibles, translated by The Playlist, Tarantino admits he’s not interested in Batman movies because, well, he doesn’t find the superhero all that fascinating.

“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion,” he said of Ben Affleck’s Batman casting. “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.”

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Tarantino went on to defend Gore Verbinski’s box office disappointment “The Lone Ranger,” which recently made the director’s 10 best movies of the year.

“The first forty-five minutes are excellent,” Tarantino said of the 3D Western, “…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?’

In case you missed Tarantino’s best of 2013 list (so far), here are the films in alphabetical order.

1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
4. The Conjuring (James Wan)rp
5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)

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  1. Ariel says:

    Why did he make his list more than two months before the year is over?

  2. Reading these comments is like reading the same two comments on loop. “Tarintino’s dumb,” then the response, “You’re dumb, Batman sucks you dork.” No one really goes into why Batman is, or isn’t an interesting character. So let’s look at this logically.

    The reason Quinten said this, was probably as an aside, not a comment he meant to become really popular, or anything like that, and that’s why he didn’t go deep into why Batman is a “bad” character. Now, if you look at this from the typical movie goers point of view, you can see why they’d consider Batman to be an uninteresting character. He’s this dark, brooding guy, who beats people up. Boring right?

    Now for anyone who is a big fan of Batman, the graphic novels, the animated series, etc… knows this absolute bullshit. Batman, first off, only became Batman because of some of the most complicated, well done character build in comics. His parents died in front of him, which is a somewhat lame development, aka its not a well deserved on as we don’t really feel the pain of his parents dying because we didn’t become connected to him. However, multiple comics have gone into his obsession with his parents, and the dark, gritty 40s/timeless period/setting they died in. He devoted himself to his studies, and to learn how to do hand to hand stuff.

    Batman’s interesting in not only does he have to deal with the death of his parents, but he constantly has to question himself. Should he kill the villains? How many people could he have saved if the Joker had been killed? Is he any better than the villains if he kills them?

    He also has to deal with the threat of his own morality. Even though he tried to keep himself isolated he met people who he could identify with and brought them under his own wing, and helped them develop their skills to fight crime, and make sure nothing that happened to him, or to them will happen to anyone else, at least in Gotham City. The multiple writers, some good, some bad, develop these characters, Dick, Tim, Barbra, etc… that you become connected to, and of course it ends up being a big thing when they die. Batman then has to deal wit if he’s doing the right thing with them, and deep down he knows he is but when someone close to him dies he becomes very depressive, more violent, and almost reverts down to killing people.

    Its not just these intricacies either, the character is constantly developing and becoming more, and more complex. In the 70s he was this kinda stupid, big badass. In the 80s he became more detective, and more of a father figure, and the 90s he became a paranoid, dick that turned his back on the people after being horribly injured. In the 00’s, well let’s just say Grant Morrison sucks. And now they’ve developed his childhood even further with things like Court of Owls, making him more and more human, showing that he can have doubts, and putting him in these situations were you can’t help but feel like, “Man, he’s fucked,” even though he’s the goddamn Batman. It puts you in his head and helps you get into the story, unlike Morrison’s run were Batman just kept outsmarting everyone and you couldn’t get into it because Batman was always five steps ahead, wereas here you actually feel he’s in danger.

    Its complicated, but look, Batman is a much more complicated, interesting character than anything Tarintio’s written. His character developments are usually realistic, and edgy, but he never really makes characters with bad mental problems, or things they really have to work through. There’s a reason Batman Graphic Novels have won tons of awards, and the show wons emmys. The point is you people have to think for yourself at the end of the day, and don’t base your opinions off of what someone says. You don’t need to hate Tarintino movies if you’re a Batman fan, and if you like Batman comics you don’t need to deprive yourself of Reservoir Dogs. Can’t we all just get along?

  3. James says:

    I wish he would go into detail about why he doesn’t find him so interesting.

  4. theschu says:

    This is ridiculous. Can’t the guy just have an opinion that differs from yours without him being a “hack” or “psycho” or whatever other insults you want to call him? It’s gotten so predictable now that anytime someone says anything interesting or different that people don’t like or agree with that he immediately gets pounced on. Seriously, who cares if he doesn’t think Batman is an interesting character? It’s Batman! I wonder if he said he didn’t think Obama was an interesting person if he would get even half the amount of hateful comments.

  5. mike says:

    Much more interesting than you will ever be Quentin. His fiction is more compelling than your reality.

  6. Jason says:

    The Lone Ranger wasn’t shot or converted to 3D.

  7. keith1954 says:

    Opinions are like asses, everybody has one. I respect Tarantinos opinion, just like I would respect anyone elses. I don’t agree with all of his choices, but it IS his opinion.

  8. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha says:

    Yo Tarantino. Go get your dentures. The Batman character IS FOR KIDS not for the geriatric generation which you belong.

  9. JamieFoxxSux says:

    What would make him more interesting Tarantino? The liberal use of the N-word?

    • Mike says:

      Are you referring to the great film that Leo DiCaprio took his 1st supporting role in 15 years just to work with QT? I rest that case.
      Tarantino is 100% correct, dumb*** fanboy. Do you really think that as an actor it would be interesting to jump into the “Man of Steel” universe as BATMAN? What a joke!

  10. gphx says:

    I don’t really care about Batman one way or the other but Quentin Tarantino is an overrated hack.

  11. Etc says:

    Im really surprised Christian Bale isnt even mentioned, he took Batman to a higher level, perhaps its the rivalry between Tarantino and Nolan in this particular case…

  12. davesfotowerks says:

    Is there any particular reason why I should give a fuzzy rat’s @ss what this dork thinks of batman? Just wonderin’.

    • How dare someone write an article about someone you’re not interested in! Hint, don’t listen to music you don’t like… avoid television shows and movies you’re not interested in. This same useful tip also works for the internet!

  13. Nick says:

    Tarantino’s opinion is valid; Batman is not particularly “interesting.” In terms of acting, playing Batman requires a fairly limited skill set aside from the ability to brood and a nice jawline. Does this mean I don’t think Batman is awesome? Of course not! The two are not mutually exclusive for me.

  14. Hal says:

    Batman is not boring if handled correctly. Alec Baldwin best 80s batman? He couldn’t even pull off the shadow! I did enjoy lone ranger. Very entertaining. I like twisted Tarantino but he just doesn’t like bats because he can’t paint the theater blood red in that storyline.

  15. Jim Bass says:

    Tarantino is right about most of the Batman movies- but 180 off on Lone Ranger. As for his top ten of 2013- Is he actually trying to be funny? What a list of mostly crap.

  16. Fir says:

    Not a fan of tarantino at all, he makes the most boring not original crap and i’m not even interested in his opinion. Waist of digital space

    • Ryan82 says:

      If you are not interested in anything about him I have a question for you. Why did you click on and then read a article about him, then to top it off comment about the article.

  17. Another looney loser heard from.

    I’m sure he liked “Lone Ranger”(stinkerooo).
    Compared to one of his movies, it’s “Citizen Kane”

    Director?
    The man couldn’t direct traffic.

  18. Marc B says:

    Batman isn’t interesting to Tarantino because he likes everything with a post-modern twist, where even the good guys are anti-heroes with moral lapses. Batman is just too black-and-white for a guy who grew up buying into the memes of 1970’s cinema.

  19. TOM says:

    I’m sure that he’d prefer Batman to use firearms, blew off the heads of villians, have brain matter splurt everywhere and use the N word about 200 times.

    • BatFan says:

      AMEN! Also Batman is canonical (look it up, Mr. Tarantino), and you cannot have him do things he would not normally do. He — as a comic book character well-established over 50+ yrs) has a CODE of HONOR that he follows. Best of luck with your next bloody project, Mr. Tarantino.

  20. Neuromancer says:

    I’m surprised that Tarantino finds Batman boring. Given the content of some of his movies it seems to me that he would find a tall, ripped, man dressed in leather, spandex, and thigh-high boots exciting.

  21. Batman: “Tarantino is really not very interesting.”

  22. joker says:

    oh but his holocaust propaganda movies are good. what a laugh.

  23. Daisy says:

    Tarentino isn’t nearly as interesting to others as he is to himself.

  24. Chris says:

    Not very interesting? You mean like that scene in Deathproof where the camera circled that table full of women for what felt like an hour while they had a completely pointless and rambling conversation?

    • That is, without a doubt, the WORST scene in cinematic history. Congratulations, Mr. Tarantino. I was actually angered by it. I kept hitting fast forward and it still went on and on and on. Tarantino writes some of the most boring dialog in film. He lost his touch probably a decade ago.

  25. Diablo says:

    I waited on him once. I tend bar in hollywood. what a self absorbed wanker.

  26. XON says:

    He is gaining weight so fast too. Are he and Kevin Smith in a some kind of secret fat competition?

  27. Yeah, Baldwin would have made a great Batman, calling Robin a little pig…

  28. Rafael Sanchez says:

    Gotta love the Q.

  29. MNBobster says:

    I guess by “not interesting” he means he can’t “borrow” Batman for one of his movies.

  30. Mitch says:

    This coming from the guy makes the worst movies of all time; Tarentino movies suck!

  31. IDoubtIt says:

    The Dark Knight was wicked…Heath Ledger made it so.

  32. rocko says:

    If Quentin tarantino directed the next batman. Batman would drop the n word about 200 times.

  33. mec says:

    It’s taken 70-odd years to figure out that Batman and the Boy Blunder are boring????!!!!.
    The only glimmer of excitement came when the Kefauver Commission outed them in the 1950s

  34. Michael says:

    I agree with the Lone Ranger and it was fairly entertaining. But the train scene was where the movie got bad and just over the top…….what is he thinking.

  35. Michael says:

    Kick Ass 2…..really….what a bomb. Not even close the first one.

  36. Mike says:

    And that coming from one of the sickest most deviant minds on the planet.

  37. Brian says:

    For one of my favorite directors, he has the worst taste in movies. The only one that is good on his list is Gravity. The reason they call it Before Midnight is because it puts you to sleep. Kick Ass 2? If that ain’t an oxymoron. More like Ass 2. Lone Ranger was a joke.

  38. karalynn says:

    Cool! I love all those films.

  39. Robert says:

    I got burned by the critics twice. I took my family to the theater for “Man of Steel” and I avoided “John Carter” as the critics assured me that a fan of the Barsoom books would not be pleased. Man of Steel was about the worst headache of a movie that any of had ever spent money on .. and when we caught John Carter (of Mars) “for a laugh” on the tube last night .. one of the best movies of the year! I feel guilty that I did not support it. It was stunning and fully captured the spirit of the books. It was like an adult version of Star Wars and blew away Avatar (both of which of course were inspired by Burroughs books).

  40. Parker says:

    QT has made one good movie – period. Everything else is un-ironic, derivative, lazy, sadistic, schlock.

  41. Zeb says:

    Quentin don’t just make the bat man creepiest in but make him mysteries as well play on that the first movie and you got some good gold growing. CIA everyone wants to kno what’s gonna happen. Will he do this or will he do that nobody knows except him. He has a lot to think about focus and ponder on. But he is ambassador and he knows it just not sure how to switch from pain and suffering to honor . It’s his life mission to find true honor. Honor

  42. RedRiver says:

    Smoking too much weed. Batman isn’t boring. Billions in box office dollars prove him wrong.

  43. Zeb says:

    Nay man should always be mysterious ….’like crazyy mysterious . The more you mak him that
    And then …..POW he’s out there’s fightingt crimes an other stuff but the alludes …..quietly . I an almost super creepy way. The more we make the bat man creepy tho more the audience will want him. ……..I promise

  44. j says:

    Typical moronic comment. Bigot much?

  45. zoor says:

    Tarantino jumped the shark years ago. Inglorious Basterds was a serious low point. He was losing me slowly, but that pornography of violence was the final straw. I find him irrelevant now and I truly believe he is only popular because it is “sheik” and artsy to like his schlock.

  46. JediJones says:

    Wow, gotta love QT. I have never been a fan of the Batman character either, even though I’m generally a comic book and superhero fan. Superman and Spider-Man are great characters, because there is a really interesting dichotomy between their civilian and superhero roles. But Bruce Wayne is a boring guy who doesn’t have great relationships with other characters, while as Batman he’s much more about his gadgets than anything intrinsic to who he is. It’s easy to imagine any other human being besides Bruce Wayne stepping into his shoes and taking on the Batman role, which just shows you how weak a character Bruce Wayne is. But I thought Nolan and Bale did just about the best possible job with the character in Batman Begins (and to a lesser extent in Dark Knight Rises…in Dark Knight, Batman was his usually duller-than-dirt self).

    I also really enjoyed Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp was funnier and more well-rounded as Tonto than even as the celebrated Jack Sparrow. I thought both of the main villains were incredible, supremely slimy and smarmy, so I don’t necessarily agree with QT’s opinion there. It was a beautiful-looking movie too. It was just about a half hour too long due to subplots involving the “ladies of the night” and the Indian tribes that could’ve been trimmed down. I wouldn’t say any of the popcorn movies this summer were great, but Lone Ranger and Man of Steel were easily the best of the crop.

  47. Steve Gibson says:

    The movie ‘this is the end’ was terrible. I wanted all of the actors to die. The movie was boring, the writing was atrocious and it wasn’t funny.

  48. allen degenerate says:

    Tarentino is one sick bitch.

  49. mike s says:

    who really cares about a “B” movie schmucks opinion. His movies serve no purpose.

  50. Aleric says:

    Tarintino’s opinion on films is like asking a fry cook about haute cuisine.

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