Matthew Modine's back at it. The actor, who stars in next month's The Dark Knight Rises, has more to say about the state of superheroes in film. In the past, he's been very open about his feelings on The Avengers and its success. And now he's returned with more words of wisdom.
In an interview with CBR, Modine discussed the appeal of the Batman character. He revealed why he thinks he's still a fan favorite and what sets him apart from the rest of the superhero pack.
"I think he's such an extraordinary character, Batman, because he's a human being. He's not a man with supernatural powers, he's not a mythological character -- he's just a man who's damaged, who's broken like so many people in the world...trying to do good," Modine said.
And despite the success of both Thor and The Avengers, Modine explained, "You can't really relate to Thor, for instance! I like the story, but I don't relate to him—I can't use his hammer!"
To be fair, most of the Avengers are regular folks who just have a high skill set or access to a device/mechanism/drug. They're not all gods. Tony Stark said it himself, once you take away his suit he's just a "genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist." And that's a description that could fit several comic book heroes including Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), etc.
But once again, Modine doesn't want Marvel fans to think he's attacking their brand. He's just pointing out what makes Batman such an iconic character.
"I don't want to offend the [Marvel] people by saying that the Avengers are just mythological characters with magic powers, because I'd offend half of the people who buy comic books. But the thing that's extraordinary about Batman is that he's a man, he's not a superman. He's of this earth...he's broken and he's trying to repair himself," Modine clarified. "I think that Christopher Nolan has been a masterful storyteller in taking that story about the Dark Knight and re-envisioning the story for a whole new generation of film goers."
What do you think? Does Modine have some valid points?