Kevin Smith: The Dark Knight is Better Than Watchmen and Star Trek?
by Alex Billington
September 19, 2008
Just yesterday I sat down for an interview with Kevin Smith in Austin, Texas. We spent a while chatting about Zack and Miri Make a Porno, his latest brilliant comedy, but before it was over, I had to ask him about both Watchmen and Star Trek, two movies that he's already seen. I asked him which of the those, plus The Dark Knight, he thought was the best, but when he said that was too tough to answer, I asked if he had to choose one to watch, which would it be? "I would say The Dark Knight… Well, Dark Knight was kind of amazing," he began. Over both Watchmen and Star Trek? Don't worry, he did mention a few more things about the other two as well, calling all three of them amazing movies.
"Watchmen and Star Trek are amazing too, but Dark Knight, I think, it's just an imminently watchable film. I saw that movie 5 times in the theater and I was never bored once," Smith recalled. "I would probably give the edge to The Dark Knight, personally, just because I love that movie so much. And it was like seeing Batman done right and seeing the Joker done right." I don't think anyone can argue with that. The film's stint at the top of the IMDb rankings shows that it does have quite a few fans who still think it's one of the best movies ever made. I guess this all just comes down to our excitement for what's next - Watchmen and Star Trek. Kevin Smith continued on about both of those briefly as well.
"But man, those other two, Watchmen and Star Trek, come close. I mean, I'm not a huge Trekkie, so I'm not like, oh man, you must see this before you die. But for what it is, in terms of a reboot, he did a fantastic job with it. Because it sounded like, when they announced it, 'why do you want to go back and do little Kirk and little Spock?' But man he did it and it made it viable and it doesn't get rid of anything that it had before, it kind of makes way for the continuity, so it all fits in that world still. It doesn't negate the series, the series of movies, anything, it's all part and parcel with it."
"And Watchmen is just spellbinding for how -- it is literally the graphic novel comes alive, there's not a misstep in it. It's like reading the book, but watching it instead. He did a great, great job."
These recaps seem on par with his past mention of both films: Watchmen and Star Trek. The reason why I'm so fascinated by everything Kevin Smith has to say about both of these is because I think they're easily my most anticipated movies of next year. And hearing him speak so highly about both of them definitely makes me excited. I'm not worried about The Dark Knight comparison, because it is such an amazing movie and it's really hard to top, but I'm still anxious to see Watchmen and Star Trek, especially when Kevin Smith says they pulled it off. And as far as I know, he's the only guy who isn't part of the production that has seen either of them. Our full interview with Kevin Smith will be out next week - stay tuned!