Frank Miller Talks Nolan Batman

by Alex Yarini
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Frank Miller, the Frank Miller, the man behind the highly acclaimed graphic novel, “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Batman: Year One” sat down for a legendary interview with none other than… Playboy?

So… Miller ended up talking about characters he’s worked on being the basis of superhero movies a la “The Dark Knight” and some very interesting information was given about what Frank Miller thinks about Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman.Frank Miller

PLAYBOY: There’s a consensus that Daredevil and Elektra, two movies adapted from comics you wrote, were lousy. Do you agree with that opinion?

MILLER: When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them. I have my own ideas about what the characters are like. I mean, I can’t watch a Batman movie. I’ve seen pieces of them, but I generally think, No, that’s not him. And I walk out of the theater before it’s over.

PLAYBOY: Does that include the Christopher Nolan Batman movies?

MILLER: It includes all of them. I’m not condemning what he does. I don’t even understand it, except that he seems to think he owns the title Dark Knight. [laughs] He’s about 20 years too late for that. It’s been used.

PLAYBOY: Nolan’s last two Batman movies each grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Does any of that money make its way to you?

Batman_from_Dark_KnightMILLER: No. If money’s owed me, I wouldn’t put it on him or any other author. To be sitting here whining and mewling and puking about that sort of thing… Let other people do that.

So those are  Miller’s interestng comments about how he thinks characters should be only the way he thinks they should be, in any medium, with movies in mind in particular. It’s all a matter of opinion I suppose, and this is just Miller voicing his, as strange and different it may be. However at the end of the day characters are up to interperetation and that’s how the comic book industry has worked for the past 90-ish years.

So what are your thoughts on Miller’s comments? Do you think that comic characters are up to interperetation? Or if a character isn’t portrayed you want them to be, do you just not even acknoladge its existence?

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