Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
In truth, I wasn’t surprised to hear that Quentin Tarantino found The Lone Ranger to be a personal favorite of 2013, so far. Sure, earlier this year I broke down in detail why I think the movie doesn’t work, but that process included a lot of discussion about what The Lone Ranger wants to be — and it wants to be a lot more than most failed experiments aspire to. That’s enough to make it worth a conversation, at least.
That said, when recently asked about the choice, the explanation offered by Tarantino wasn’t quite what I would have expected to hear. Check out that quote below, along with QT’s discussion of his general take on Batman. (Some spoilers for The Lone Ranger follow.)
The first forty-five minutes are excellent …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?
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. 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.
I agree completely with that take on the slaughter of the tribe, which fit awkwardly against the rest of the film. And I like that the opinion isn’t an all or nothing affair for QT — the movie had problems, he concedes, but the good stuff still wins out. Fair enough.
Meanwhile, the more attention-getting comment from Tarantino is his general dismissal of Batman as a character. Asked about Ben Affleck being cast in the role, he said,
I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion. 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.
Get some more talk at that Playlist link above. Guess this scuttles any fan fantasies of having QT make a Batman film.