Frank Miller Walked Out On Christopher Nolan's Batman Movies

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. 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.

    • Bekss
    • 103 Posts in 31 Months

    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)

    • JG
    • 10 Posts in 30 Months

    Cmon Moore and Miller arent everyone

    • RAYZA
    • 350 Posts in 31 Months

    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. 

    • Stevie
    • 221 Posts in 31 Months

    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. 

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