Irish actor Cillian Murphy made some fans in the comic book world for his portrayal of Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” along with brief appearances in the two subsequent “The Dark Knight” films.
Now he’s likely to upset them with some recent comments to Vulture about the state of superhero films today – he’s not a fan. In fact he’s wondered if Hollywood has drunk that particular well dry: “Have they exhausted every single comic book ever? I don’t know where they’re coming from anymore.”
Murphy goes on to explain why Nolan’s films are more appealing to him than those produced today:
“It was a different time back when we made Batman Begins. I think that Chris [Nolan] has to take credit for making that trilogy of films. I think they’re so grounded in a relatable reality. Nobody in those films ever had a superpower. It’s a slightly heightened level of storytelling, where New York is Gotham, and no one did anything magical. Batman in his movies just did a lot of pushups and was, like, British. So that’s what I loved about them. My kids love the Marvel movies, but I don’t know. I don’t watch them.”
He’s not the only one. Participating in the same interview is his “Anthropoid” co-star and “Fifty Shades of Grey” leading man Jamie Dornan who chimed in with:
“Do you remember when you were a kid, and you used to go, like, ‘Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?’ That’s exactly what studios are doing now. They’re having those kind of playful oppositions of, ‘Oh, who do you think would win in a race between these two?’ And then they’re going, ‘Oh, why don’t we make a bloody movie about it?’ It’s like a day at the playground.”
Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” remains the most acclaimed comic book film adaptation to date, the other two not far behind.