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Frank Miller is Not a Fan of the Batman Films
Frank Miller, a man largely known for penning graphic novels such as The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, has spoken out during an interview about his latest film he wrote and co-directed, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He claims that he is not a fan of any of the Batman movies and disagrees with their storytelling methods.
“When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them,” says Miller. “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 theatre before it’s over.”
“It includes all of them,” continued Miller when asked whether his comments extend to Nolan’s films. “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. He’s about 20 years too late for that. It’s been used.”
It’s only another filmmaker’s interpretation of a character and I personally don’t think Miller is bashing those films and saying they are categorically bad: those films just don’t fit into the Batman he pictures in his head. No one can argue against the success of the Nolan films, as they have won numerous accolades for storytelling and characterization so Miller isn’t necessarily saying the actual film is bad, just that his Batman wouldn’t act in those ways if he made a film version.
Still, Miller should have at least respected other Batman films and not said anything other than he is not a big fan of them; after all, the only film he has actually directed himself was 2008’s The Spirit, which currently holds an overall rating of 4.8 on IMDB. So if he was actually a renowned filmmaker, his opinion of the other Batman films would probably be taken more seriously.
There is no doubt Miller is a great comic book writer and his stories have inspired many other works but, maybe, if he had the attitude of an author who sells their novel to Hollywood to adapt “There’s the book version and the film version” would be the better option, as neither telling of the story is right or wrong. Besides, Miller didn’t create Batman – Bob Kane and Bill Finger did.
For now though, Miller is focused on promoting his Sin City sequel that has released in cinemas this week, which marks the return of characters such as Marv, Nancy, Dwight (with his plastic surgery from the last film), Hartigan, Goldie, and Senator Roark.
See the trailer below if you want an early taste of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and tell me what you think of Miller’s comments towards other Batman films.