There’s no doubt that DC fans, or people who like superheroes in general, universally agree that Batman is cool as hell. What’s not to like about the character? He’s draped in all-black, excellent at 1v1s, and can probably hold his own against a group of 10.
There are a lot of reasons to like Bruce Wayne’s vengeful superhero, but that does not mean that he’s all righteous…according to some DC fans. Red State director Kevin Smith is the latest member who will be joining the legion of fans who are not aligned towards the all-black character, and he’s got some pretty harsh words for the bat.
Kevin Smith’s Harsh Critique Of Batman
It’s safe to say that Batman is a huge pop culture icon that almost any kid around the world can recognize. The character is nothing short of popular and there have been several major movie adaptations dedicated to his adventures as a superhero.
He’s also one of the few superheroes who has no supernatural power- he’s simply a skilled fighter who combats crime at night. However, the character has been the subject of critique from a lot of the new generation DC fans, and amplifying their voices is comedian and actor Kevin Smith.
The 52-year-old recently spoke to GQ and shared his thoughts about the Batman as well as Superman movies, and he’s taking the side of the latter-
“Playing Superman is difficult enough, right, ’cause essentially you’re playing pop culture Jesus which is difficult because Jesus is pop culture Jesus.”
“Batman, my favorite comic book character of all time but he’s pretty selfish right? He’s like my parents are dead and the world’s gonna pay by never having that happen to anybody else. I’m gonna beat muggers and chain snatchers for the rest of my life.”
It’s not completely stupid to root for Batman here, though. Losing your parents at such an early age would definitely make anyone seek vengeance against thugs who kill for their benefit.
Here’s Darren Aronofsky’s R Rated Batman Pitch
Darren Aronofsky is a pretty revolutionary director in modern cinema. The 53-year-old director made quite a statement for himself with the release of mind-boggling movies like Requiem for a Dream and most recently Mother!
The Harvard alum has also been one of the many directors who have tried to spin their own version of Batman, and interestingly his story is an R-rated one. But his competition was Nolan’s version of the Dark Knight, and as history tells us Aronofsky got the short end of the stick.
During an interview with Variety, the Black Swan director spoke about his version of Batman, and how it didn’t get approved-
“I pitched them a rated-R, boiled down origin story of Batman. A rated-R superhero movie was probably 10 to 15 years out of whack with the reality of the business then. It had promise, but it was just a first draft. The studio weren’t really interested. It was a very different take…I was always saying, ‘why can’t there be several different types of comic book movies out there.’ Now there are. It’s just our timing was off.”
Matt Reeves’ latest adaptation of the character isn’t far off the R-Rated rating simply because nudity and excessive foul language aren’t as prominent, but it’s the closest we can get to an R-Rated version of the character.