Earlier this week, writer-director Quentin Tarantino threw movie fans for a loop by declaring The Lone Ranger one of 2013′s 10 best.
Now, just to shake things up further, QT is giving his two cents on Batman and surprisingly, he’s not a fan.
“Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character,” he said in an interview with French weekly Les Inrockuptibles translated by Indiewire. “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 even though he won’t be lining up for Man of Steel 2, QT did offer up his ideal actor to play the Caped Crusader. “You know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ‘80s.”
And the Batman bashing didn’t stop there. Director Oliver Stone, who is circling a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx, also weighed in on the Dark Knight.
“It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence,” he told Forbes. “And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this s—! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don’t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity.”
Now, as for The Lone Ranger, Tarantino has revealed why the Johnny Depp bomb deserves a second look.
“The first 45 minutes are excellent,” Tarantino says. “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?”’
The Lone Ranger was a box office disaster, earning less than $100 million domestically. Since its release last summer, Disney has severed its partnership with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and pushed back the release of Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Still, the film joined Gravity, Before Midnight, This is the End, Frances Ha, Kick Ass 2, The Conjuring, Blue Jasmine, Afternoon Delight and Drinking Buddies as one of QT’s favourites of 2013.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Interesting, considering Tarantino’s Bag Men scene in Django Unchained was a bit of a laugher. But he took real issue with the genocide storyline in Lone Ranger. “Making fun of this, when America really did it, it bothered me,” he said. “That doesn’t stop it from being a good film, but they could have done without that.”