Apparently, Robert Downey Jr.'s love for Marvel Comics goes deeper than just playing the title role in Iron Man. Talking about the movie that made his the second most-popular superhero of the summer, Downey went further than anyone would've expected - and maybe further than was necessary, as well - in complaining about the competition.Interviewed during a promotional appearance for his new movie, Tropic Thunder, Downey declared that he just didn't understand what everyone saw in Batman's new movie:
My whole thing is that that I saw 'The Dark Knight'. I feel like I'm dumb because I feel like I don't get how many things that are so smart. 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? Fuck DC comics. That's all I have to say and that's where I'm really coming from.
Hardly the riskiest thing for a man under contract to Marvel Studios to say - especially considering that he avoided saying the more accurate "Fuck Warner Bros.," who actually made the movie and would be more responsible for making movie casting choices than a comic book publisher - but still an unusual attack nonetheless. Maybe he's trying to remind to start an Iron Man/Dark Knight feud to promote the Iron Man DVD release...? Robert Downey Jr. Interview [Moviehole]