Oliver Stone has made a career out of having wildly animated opinions and then bringing them to life on film. That’s not to say Oliver Stone has outrageous opinions, he just tends to live on the brink of both his career and the American morale psyche. He’s a guy who likes to stoke the coals when it comes to issues he’s passionate about which has led him to rip, of all things, Batman vs. Superman only not for the reason you’re probably thinking.
Stone spoke recently to Forbes where among other things he ranted about how movies like the upcoming Batman vs. Superman don’t respect violence the way he does. That’s not to say Stone is saying abolish movie violence, rather he stated that movies these days don’t portray on-screen violence in a real way.
“It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don ‘t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity.”
Stone has made a career out of depicting violence on-screen as films like Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Natural Born Killers all contained an epic amount of violence, but to Stone’s point it all could be justified.
Violence in cinema is not a new argument as we’ve been debating the use of violence in movies for decades. But so far little has changed, and despite the occasional outcry after a national tragedy like Columbine or more recently Sandy Hook, violence in movies isn’t going anywhere.
Just like with most things Stone says, while it seems silly the way he words it, the man has a point about what he’s trying to say.