Frank Miller Walked Out On Christopher Nolan's Batman Movies 12

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In an interview with Playboy magazine, legendary comic book creator Frank Miller spoke a bit about what it's like seeing superhero movies made based on stories he wrote.

Turns out, Miller isn't a fan, and regards even critically acclaimed adaptations like Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight with the same amount of disregard as generally lambasted films like Daredevil and Elektra:

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?

MILLER: 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.

When Miller gets a bit territorial about The Dark Knight, it is, of course, in reference to his seminal graphic Batman graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.

Miller's creator-owned work can, again, be seen on screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, opening August 22.

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  1. RussBurlingame

    If there's ever been an interview with Frank Miller that didn't make him less likable than he was before he opened his mouth, I haven't read it.

  2. Bekss

    We all know Miller is now a crazy a-hole but if I have to agree with him in something is that the Batman from Nolan is not the Batman from the comics (Especially in the 3rd movie). But that doesn't change the fact that the movies are amazing (at least the first 2 IMO)

  3. JG

    Cmon Moore and Miller arent everyone

  4. RAYZA

    I didn't like all 3 of the movies to be honest, and I have to agree with Miller. He maybe a hasben writer now but his Batman Year One and Dark Knight Returns books are literally one of the best Batman book to date. 

  5. Stevie

    Miller, Moore, Millar, Neal Adams, Mark Waid, Quesada,Liefeld... theres quite a few. 

     But there are also generally positive and good guys like Denny O'Neil, Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith,Kirkman,Jim Lee, George Perez, and everyones Grandpa Stan Lee.

     Like all art it is best to seperate the creator from the creation. 

  6. DSniner

    Is he a great comic book writer? Yes.Is he right about the Chris Nolan's Batman movies?Yes,in HIS opinion.Do I still love Nolan's Batman movies despite Millers views on it?Absolutely,changes nothing.

    He is right about one thing that I agree with......Daredevil and Elektra weren't that great.

  7. DSniner

    Stevie said ... (original post)

    Miller, Moore, Millar, Neal Adams, Mark Waid, Quesada,Liefeld... theres quite a few. 

     But there are also generally positive and good guys like Denny O'Neil, Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith,Kirkman,Jim Lee, George Perez, and everyones Grandpa Stan Lee.

     Like all art it is best to seperate the creator from the creation. 

    You're absolutely right!We should focus on creators who are happy and positive about comics and comic movies.

  8. cmurtha21

    This makes me respect him even more, hes not saying the movies are shit, hes saying he personally cant stand them because they're not how he sees a character hes worked on.  I feel the same way about some other characters like the punisher, I think the Garth Ennis punisher is the only real way to properly portray him.  Its all just about personal opinion.

  9. Damreal

    Dont hate Frank made Daredevil intresting and he coined the pharse the Dark Knight!!  That was his baby !! He made Bruce/Batman dark /The Dark Knight!!  He was sick and tired of the whole caped crusader bullshit of the 70's and 80's!!  Do you think Tim Burton made Bats who he is today ? Or NoLAN? - Don't you find it funny the the WB animated seris took the Frank Miller root somewhat in it's dark approach /shadows and it was very successful!  I didn't much care for Nolans approach to how Bruce became the Batman or got his trainning! Nor did I care much for the revisiting of the past inthe last 1!  Bane grew on me but is nowhere near as mencing as he was in the comics!!  Heath Ledger made the 2nd movie what it was - but 3 was meh and very long winded. Miller is correct in what he is saying Electrica and Daredevil also both sucked!!  His SIn CIty movies rule !! period !!  Just becasue I movie makes a shit tone of money doesn'tmake it good !! Micheal Bays Turtles can atest to that backwards logic!!

  10. Masguy

    Frank Miller needs to apologize for "The Spirit" before he starts casting stones at others. Other than that, I think he's great.

  11. ThaJackaL

    This post is bullshit! He never walked out of the Nolan movies, and he praised Bale before for his performance as BATMAN. He's seen Batman Begins but don't think he saw Dark Knight or Rises. Might have been just fucking with the playboy people. But check out a real article talking about this over here.

    I totally thought they did a damned good job. It was the first “Batman’ movie I’ve genuinely liked. I sat there, I watched it, and I came out of there going, ‘Well done, man.’ Sure, they used my stuff – they used everybody’s stuff, but they used my stuff a lot – but they did it well, and that’s all I care about. It was Batman. What I mean by that is, I thought the character was true. You understand, when I work on a character, I have a very, very hard time seeing anybody else’s interpretation. I get very possessive. But when I went out to see this thing, I said, ‘This is a pretty cool Batman.’ I wasn’t sitting there going, ‘This is a merchandising tool.’ I felt like it really had heart and substance, and Christian Bale with no doubt performed the best Batman I have ever seen”.

  12. Miller did NOT come up with "The Dark Knight". That title was being used around 1974.