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. Q-tip says:

    I can see why people appreciate Tarentino’s artistic vision but gratuitous violence and profanity for the sake thereof are in my mind a one dimensional way of telling a tale…of which he has done over and over again. Be mindful that his opinion on movies are just that…

  2. Oregon Coast says:

    Tarantino is as annoying to listen to as he is too look at, why do we care if he thinks Batman is interesting??

  3. Ryan says:

    This Is the End was an awful, blasphemous movie.

  4. Jeff Sherman says:

    ….but the cross-eyed idiot, Jamie Foxx as a renegade slave is interesting????

  5. Willem Theo says:

    The perspective of a sewer rat.

  6. Ivan Ivanovich Streltsov says:

    And Mr. Tarantino’s opinion matters because?
    The Lone Ranger in it’s current incarnation stank. And it lost money. So how on earth did it make anybody’s list of Best or Good Movies? Somehow the self appoint elite have lost it. Or more like, just gave it away.

  7. Could you imagine a Grindhouse Batman?

  8. Stu Pidasso says:

    I hate to admit that Afleck is a good actor, he is. Doesn’t necessarily wind up in the best movies, though. But Christian Bale is an excellent actor, and I cringe just imagining Afleck as the caped crusader. I’m pretty sure Batfleck is going to be a crapflick.

  9. Anyone else notice that Quentin Taratino looks like Popeye?

  10. Harlowe Thrombey says:

    You know what’s not interesting?
    Is psychopathic gratuitous drawn-out rape scenes and death scenes and blood scenes.

    Tarantino has no clue what is interesting.

  11. harry georgatos says:

    Burton made a semi-good BATMAN with the first one with an okay Keaton in the title role. Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy expands the universe into a direction that makes it visionary. Nolan is a better filmmaker then Tarantino and can’t help and sense a level of professional jealousy. Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy will become as seminal in film history as what Fritiz Lang did with his masterful Dr MABUSE trilogy. Bale is the definitive BATMAN and far more complex character study then what Keaton did with the character.

    • guest says:

      Wrong. Nolan’s sucked.
      Keaton was the best.

      • XON says:

        Wrong. Adam West’s was the most accurate interpretation of the character. Everyone else just copies his portrayal.

      • doulton1424 says:

        Lol some idiots opionon! I love when ppl just ppl “wrong” at the end of a huge rant! Clearly you know nothing just have your terrible opionon so shove it! And plus most of the ppl who comment on this have no movie taste or knowledge! If QT is so terrible why does he have soooo many movies with ratings above 8? Hundreds of thousands are far smarter than any of you tant sniffers

  12. Requis Devador says:

    Maybe bozo would like Batman better if it was spelled Dbatman.

  13. Ed says:

    Mr. Tarantino is a divergent thinker and a genius. Pay attention to him. He is right! You Batman nerds forgot what a good movie is. Batman means so much to you comicom groupies that you have forgotten what makes a good movie. I don’t agree with Mr. Qs constant use of bad language, but all you groupies are just mad because he is criticizing your life joy. Go ahead follow along with the masses — believe the marketing and the hype. You are just programmed to protect your homeboy.

    • Julian Lee says:

      All pervs who spread violence are divergent thinkers.

      • doulton1424 says:

        How is he a perv??? There are far more “pornograghic” movies than his! He’ll there making a movie with Shia lebouf completely on sex? He just knows what people love to see hence why he makes millions more than your dumb ass will!

  14. Troy says:

    What is #11, his colonoscopy video?

  15. Zoney says:

    Boring? Apparently Tarantino hasn’t seen one of his own films lately. They guy went from ingenious with Pulp Fiction and has gradually and steadily descended to being absolutely repetitive, contrived, hackey and dull.

  16. BL Zebob says:

    Blue Jasmine is over rated shit. The only reason people like it is because Woody Allen directed it…so it’s fashionably snobby.

  17. JamieFoxxSux says:

    Who really gives a fat rat’s assssss what Tarantino thinks?

  18. leafs43 says:

    Dammit Quentin,

    Make Kill Bill 3 already.

  19. Saki says:

    Batman has survived through over 70 years as a pop culture icon. The character resonates with people’s understanding of hate, anger, envy, altruism and is doomed to be a martyr, because that’s the only end for him–there’s no marriage, no kids. Ever. He’s a complete departure from the ideal that most people would want for their role in life. Yet he tries to make the world better. Because he wants a better world for other people. Who wouldn’t want to be that kind of hero?

  20. Who cares what this egomaniac top movie list is. His opinion means nothing.

  21. The Truth says:

    You don’t have an opinion? Vincent, shoot him in the face!!!

  22. Fairportfan says:

    Of course Batman isn’t interesting to QT. Except when Frank Miller writes him, he can say three whole sentences in a row without a single “f**k” or “s**t”…

  23. I heartily agree with his endorsement of Alec Baldwin, who was excellent in “The Shadow,” which is a very underrated movie. (The production design alone in that film is outstanding, plus a truly gifted cast, excellent direction, and very well rendered writing and atmosphere of a fantasy 1930s world.)

  24. AA Jabrams says:

    Doesn’t like Batman.
    Likes the Lone Ranger.

    Ooookay, QT.

  25. Todd says:

    There was only one real Batman…… Adam West.

    • Amen! Biff Bam Wham! Holey Moley Batman!

      The only Batman movie that gave me close to that same spiffy feeling was Val Kilmer’s Batman Forever. But then the next Joel Schumaker Batman movie really tanked.

    • Oh, yes. I love Keaton, but to me Adam West will always be in my mind. Growing up with the reruns, a very different Batman from the darker one now, and great memories of childhood. Just a fun, fun show, and with a great touch of the 1960s Counterculture to it as well. (A lot of the shows of the time had that “feel,” but Batman is a great example. The wonderful theme music especially so.)

  26. I agreed totally about The Lone Ranger. The group I was with???had a blast. We couldn’t figure out what everyone was complaining about. As for This is the end… Well we all walked out on that one.

    • Lone Ranger was preposterous Disney bullcrap. If you enjoyed that, you’re the type of low-brow, ignorant viewer upon which the modern Disney corporation depends. Disney is so out-of-touch with INTELLIGENT audiences that they’ve wasted HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars trying to score a hit in the last 30 years. One hit in every 25 films, as a matter of fact. Come to think of it, the modern Disney Company has NEVER duplicated the success of Walt Disney since the early 1970s, when Walt died.

  27. He’s right. With 5+ batman movies we haven’t really seen this character grow at all. I think it’s more of him saying that after the last 3 batmans we really don’t need another.

    • Um, pardon, but Batman grew more from the 1940s to the 1970s than he did from the late 1980s to the present. In fact, Batman’s most IMPORTANT “growth” was in the late 1960s with the comedic television series. All of this psychotic “Dark Knight” nonsense originated in the 1970s, and we’ve been stuck there ever since. No, a psychotic superhero is NOT a long-term franchise.

      • Also, and this will turn off some people, is it possible that the market for Superhero type movies has been tapped pretty hard, and the industry might need to pare back on the numbers of them coming out? I’m wondering if it has been oversaturated. Maybe not to the level where disaster movies were by the early 1980s, but there have been a lot of superhero movies in the past 10-15 years.

  28. Quentin criticizes EVERYTHING that doesn’t align with REVENGE. Quentin’s idea of “entertainment” is pure REVENGE. More than that, it’s FANTASY revenge. That’s the only trick Quentin has up his sleeve… Look at EVERY successful Quentin Tarantino film. EVER. It’s all fantasy REVENGE. Show me a Tarantino film that isn’t REVENGE. You want to talk about BORING?

    • MeHere says:

      I disagree. Of all the superheroes, I believe Batman is the most closely associated with revenge.
      In the Batman mythos, our hero became what he was after witnessing his parents being murdered by the criminal element when he was still a child. Between his childhood-to-adult years, he applied discipline to condition himself in preparation to combat his never-forgotten target: the criminal element.

      • Well said, MeHere. Also Batman has no “Super Powers,” only his training, focus, and whatever gear he can buy or build, which he has devoted all of his resources to in life. A type of character Tarantino could embrace, perhaps?

  29. Joe says:

    Somebody please tell this overrated filmmaker to SHUT UP!!!!! We don’t care about his opinion.

  30. Ban says:

    Uh, Quentin, other than INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, you too are boring. You’re a one trick pony and always will be. BTW, you want to talk boring? Look at your top ten list. Yaaaaaaaaawn…

  31. Ricky Refreakin Cardo says:

    Seeing closeups of women’s toes in Tarentino movies is boring.

  32. Jerry Atrick says:

    I guess Tarantino didn’t see Baldwin in The Shadow.

  33. Jim says:

    You can wager and win that the movies will adhere to The Narrative as written by the DNC.

  34. Kate Black says:

    There was no 3D version of The Lone Ranger….

  35. Shawn says:

    Uh, he’s way off on Batman. All you have to do is watch Bale in the Nolan movies. Nolan ‘s telling and Bale’s acting showing the side of Wayne especially was about as good as it gets! Keaton had no depth and it showed….you ever watch Batman Returns recently?

    • MeHere says:

      Bale’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne was not as good as Keaton’s, in my opinion. The Batman character has no special superhuman abilities. Bruce Wayne is just a normal, mortal guy who conditioned his body and reflexes for years towards a singularly focused response to the criminal populace… his personal reaction to watching his parents murdered when he was still a boy.

      Bale didn’t seem to convey the necessary division of the superhero/alter-ego. His Brice Wayne always seemed to be above the “average Joe”. Keaton’s Bruce Wayne was much more believable and acceptable.

      • Shawn says:

        Totally disagree. Watch Keaton’s Batman then Batman Begins. Total night and day. Keaton’s Batman is a summer popcorn movie and Nickleson stole the movie anyway. Bale is much more of a fine, diverse actor that brings depth to the character in a much more believable universe that Nolan created. Better movie all around. The Trilogy will be big and relevant for a long time.

  36. Dean Walsh says:

    Thank you. Batman is boring and has been done-to-death. Enough already. Of course the sheep will keep showing up to whatever Batman/Superman/Avenger/Giant Robot 3D sequel they roll out every summer.

  37. Dick Rambo says:

    Tarinteno makes knee jerk violence porn.

  38. Michael Hsu says:

    For Quentin, “Feet: The Movie” has interesting characters.

  39. Nanny Mo says:

    Superman is worse! Boring and how stupid can Lois be? Really?

  40. Paul Revere says:

    Tarantino is such a dork, but creating intense drama and sucking in the audience into a story comes 2nd nature to him. MOST of his movies are great, and most of the movies he thinks are good I typically agree with. I will have to see some of these movies. Although I must say I find Woody Allen movies beyond lame, and Woody Allen himself a total loser, so I find that pick puzzling. I may watch it against my instincts.

  41. Guest says:

    Kick ass 2? Palease,jim carrey is a no talent bum,he hasn’t been funny in 20 years if he was ever funny at all.he did his best work when he was cleaning toilets for a living.

    • Anon says:

      Are you another American who just hates his views on gun control? Jim is a great actor and I believe he showed it in Kick Ass 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind & The Truman show.

      • Ricky Refreakin Cardo says:

        For you, it appears to be politics (I’m guessing you’re a liberal), but for most people, it’s just a matter of opinion. Carrey is one of those people who considers himself funny no matter what how bad he comes off. Some of his early stuff from a few decades ago was funny, but he mostly overacts and hoses up the C-grade movies he appears in.

      • Guest says:

        No,I just don’t think jim carrey is funny,I don’t think jerry lewis is funny either,in my opinion,they’re just alike.

  42. potvin99 says:

    Sure, but how does he feel about “The Great Gonzo!”?

  43. Cliff says:

    Sadly, I don’t find Quentin Tarantino’s movies to be interesting or entertaining. With that said, it makes ample sense that I don’t really care what he thinks about… well… anything.

    But, we do agree that Michael Keaton best played Batman. As for Alec Baldwin of the 80’s.. That would’ve been just one more bad decision on his part.

  44. Larry Gene E says:

    Tarantino is a sick puppy. His movies are just an excuse to show insane, graphic violence. The plot, characters, story — it’s all there just so he can indulge his real inner sickness, a mania for showing and watching mayhem.

    Maybe it’s a good thing that he has that outlet. But that doesn’t mean I have to go see him work out his psychopathic obsessions.

    • You don’t have to like Tarantino’s films, but I don’t think it’s fair to call him a psychopath because his movies have violence. I think that’s a little closed-minded. There are many directors that have tons of violence in their films, does that make them psychos too? Is Stephen King a Psycho because of the themes he writes about? Go watch American Horror Story. Are the creators of that show psychos?

      I had a creative writing class in College and we had to have our work read by the other students in the class. The story I wrote was particularly violent. When we went around the room, one girl said that I must have something wrong with me and that I was a really violent person. I was mortified. I’m the complete opposite of violent. I capture insects and release them outside.

      My point is, it’s about being creative and using your imagination. We are lucky that Tarantino has such a great imagination and can create wonderful films. I know he’s not for everybody, but trying to psycho analyze him is not fair.

  45. Guest says:

    I agree with tarantino on his opinion about batman but I think tarantino is a total bore too,anyone that would hire a nothing like jamie foxx has to be boring,and why is it so many people make such a big deal about heath ledgers portrayal of the joker,it was boring too.

  46. sh0nek says:

    This is his top ten?……omg………what a hack!

  47. The instant I read Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim, I knew exactly where Pulp Fiction, True Romance, and many other QT scripts were sourced.

  48. Bo bo says:

    Why don’t you stir up racial tension with another django, T? You went downhill after Pulp Fiction. I can’t believe Django is sitting at number 54 on the top 250 on imdb. LOL. It beats 2001: A Space Odyssey Chinatown, and a number of other real classics. Must be white guilt or something

    • theschu says:

      First of all, I’m pretty sure Django didn’t stir up a whole lot of racial tension. I mean come on. Secondly, if it did, why would he make another one? Thirdly, I wouldn’t exactly call the top 250 on imdb some kind of prestigious list.

  49. Daniel says:

    Batman: Quentin Tarantino Is Not a Very Interesting Character

  50. He’s spot-on about Batman. Been saying it for years — about the character AND Baldwin playing him (in the ’80s). Mind you, he’s got no grasp on Superman (see the Superman/Clark Kent speech in Kill Bill).

    And I agree on LONE RANGER. Flick was great to look at, amazing set pieces, some incredible action, but story-wise it was a bit of a mess, which also threw off the tone a bit (well, that and having a character who was a cannibal in what was otherwise a light, fun flick). They could’ve easily cut 45 mins. from that movie (at the script stage).

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