This month marks the debut of Marvel's Daredevil season 2 on Netflix, as well as Warner Bros. and DC's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in theatres. What do these two have in common?
Both of them were influenced a great deal by Frank Miller
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miller was asked if he plans on watching either one.
No. I didn't make up Batman, I didn't make up Daredevil, I have no right to be possessive, but once I've worked on a character, it's hard to see any other way than my way. By and large, most of what they do, I'll just get grouchy if I see it. So I tend not to look at it, except for few exceptions.
He's right, he didn't actually create those characters, so it isn't up to him what Marvel or DC do with them. He did, however, create Elektra, who also sees her TV debut in season 2 of Daredevil.
No. I don't know if they quite know I exist. Let's see if they credit me for creating Elektra.
When pressed if Marvel should pay him for that, he continued.
I'm not running for president. I don't want to be one of those cranky old guys grinding an ax, wishing I got paid better. I've done my best to pave the way for artists in the future to be treated better than I have. And that's all I can do. Beyond that, I'd be pissing and moaning about things I have no control over. I've signed every contract that I've signed and agreed to the working conditions that I've worked in. And I'm not going to whine about this. I make a good living.
It's actually a very healthy way to look at it. While he should be compensated for Elektra's use in the show, I get not wanting to go the Alan Moore route and get tagged as a disgruntled creator.