Quentin Tarantino’s a pretty garrulous fellow, but his nearly nonsensical ramblings are pretty damn entertaining. In a recent bout of indulgent philosophical waxing, the big dude explains his position on Batman. Much to my surprise, Tarantino’s not a huge fan of the man in the Batsuit.
“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion,” he said. “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.”
Pretty strange opinion for someone so invested in resurrecting genre fare of old. I would’ve guessed Tarantino’s a massive fan of superheroes, and Batman in particular since he lends himself so well to voilent noir, which the director’s incorporated into films like Pulp Fiction. Wouldn’t a Tarantino Batman flick be amazing?
Although, I’d have to agree. Batman isn’t a very interesting character. Bruce Wayne, his relationship with Alfred, and his obsession with resurrecting his parents’ legacy… that’s what’s interesting. But watching Batman hop from roof to roof, mindlessly pummeling villains with his mighty black gauntlets is a boring spectacle.
Well, I suppose it’s only boring from a certain point of view. When I consider Batman with the same light-hearted criticism I use for Marvel movies, the Dark Knight is a pretty entertaining dude. I love the Caped Crusader’s violent incursions into the underworld, and I love his Detective work. He’s a perfectly derivative, concentrated dose of superhero noir in one bad-fucking-ass package.
And you know what? Alec Baldwin would’ve delivered an incredible iteration of that cowled Justice Leaguer. Although, I’ll have to disagree with Tarantino in regards to his greatest Batman actors ranking. After watching Christian Bale’s recent performances, and his absolute Chameleon-like transformations into a redeemed junkie in The Fighter, a redneck do gooder in Out of the Furnace, and a chunky member of the chosen people in American Hustle, I’ve got a new found respect for the guys portrayal of Bruce Wayne. I’d like to think Bale’s transformation into Batman wasn’t as easy as George Clooney’s or Val Kilmer’s, and that the British thespian invested as much time in preparing for Bruce Wayne as he did for these other roles.