Not everyone drank the Dark Knight Kool-Aid. Four years ago, after his first stint as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. had some choice words for the Caped Crusader. He wasn't a huge fan of the Batman sequel and didn't get the hype surrounding it.
In 2008, when Downey was promoting Tropic Thunder, The Dark Knight was the movie of the moment. Everyone loved it, or almost everyone. Downey wasn't a fan. He didn't see it as the second coming for superheroes.
"My whole thing is that that I saw The Dark Knight.... It's like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I'm like, 'That's not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.' I loved The Prestige but didn't understand The Dark Knight. Didn't get it, still can't tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy."
"I'm like, 'I get it. This is so high brow and so f-king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.' You know what? F-ck DC Comics. That's all I have to say and that's where I'm really coming from."
That was a brutally honest reaction if we ever read one. Perhaps, these days he's changed his tune? Even Marvel boss Kevin Feige has given Christopher Nolan credit for helping boost the comic book genre. And Avengers director Joss Whedon has dabbled in his fair share of DC lore. He previously wrote feature scripts for both Batman and Wonder Woman.
Downey is known for being charming and witty, but frank. He doesn't take any of this stuff too seriously.
"You know, you're never too old to burn your bridges because I believe I have offended everyone," he laughs. "I think I've got a couple more. 'I'll burn that bridge when I come to it' is my favourite phrase I've ever coined."
Here's to hoping he enjoys The Dark Knight Rises a little more.
Do you think Downey had a point about The Dark Knight?