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Frank Miller Refuses to Watch Any BATMAN Film; Says He Hates Them All

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Frank Miller is a legend in the comic book industry. He is famous for creating 300 and Sin City, but a lot of people were introduced to him when he created arguably the greatest Batman story ever told, The Dark Knight Returns. It turns out, Miller is outright hostile to movie adaptations of his characters that he himself didn’t have a hand in helping (he directed both Sin City films with Robert Rodriguez), and that includes every single Batman movie. In fact, he hates them. Every. Single. One.

In an interview with Playboy, Frank Miller admits he’s not much of a fan of the movies made from his comics, like Daredevil and Electra. That’s fine and dandy because, well… those films blow goats for quarters. But Miller extends that sentiment to every representation of Batman, a character he re-imagined as a grizzled, fifty-something who was essentially a sociopath back in the late batman24coverart1980s.

He tells Playboy :

“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.”

To be clear, Miller doesn’t just mean Tim Burton’s gothic Batman or Batman Returns, or Joel Schumacher’s campy Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Asked if his disdain for Batman movies included Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Miller was frank, saying:

” 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.”

Miller won’t likely give a second thought to dismissing the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though an early look at the costume Ben Affleck will be donning as the Dark Knight looks like it pulled serious inspiration from Miller’s time as Batman’s writer.

It seems guaranteed that Miller’s comments will draw the ire of Batman and Dark Knight Trilogy fans. But it’s unlikely Miller will care. Asked if he prefers Batman to Superman, Miller seemed to sneer, saying, “Do I love Batman more? They’re not people. They’re only lines on paper.” Now that is sure to turn some fans against him. He seems to be alienating his fan base in an effort to drum up publicity for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For which opens this Friday. In that respect, well done Mr. Miller. On a personal level, it looks like Miller is interested in becoming the second coming of Alan Moore. God help us all.

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