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Tarantino: Batman’s boring

Quentin Tarantino feels indifferent towards the superhero character of Batman.

The Academy Award-winning movie director revealed he is indifferent towards Ben Affleck being cast to play the iconic superhero in an upcoming film.

Quentin respects Ben’s acting ability, but he doesn’t think the Batman persona has much depth.

“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion. Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor,” he told French outlet Les Inrockuptibles. “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.”

One of Quentin’s favourite films of the year is The Lone Ranger, which stars Johnny Depp.

Although he would have directed a bit differently, he was blown away by one particular scene.

“The first 45 minutes are excellent …the next 45 minutes are a little soporific,” he said. “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 c**p? Seriously?”

Quentin admits that he was also emotionally disturbed by the western.

“That being said, 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,” he went on. “But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. 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.”

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