Frank Miller’s seminal Batman graphic novels “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Year One” are often credited as reinventing not only the Batman franchise but comic books on the whole – ushering in an era of dark, adult-targeted works full of more complex themes and darker violence.
When it comes to Batman’s cinematic interpretations though, Miller says he can’t watch them despite his works having an obvious influence on their construction. Speaking about it in a recent interview with Playboy to promote this week’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” film release, he says his dismissal isn’t just for the Caped Crusader but most of the films of titles he has worked on including “Daredevil” and “Elektra”:
“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.
It includes all of them. I’m not condemning what [Christopher Nolan] 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 was also asked why he made Batman older in his original “The Dark Knight Returns” comic. His amused response: “Well, you do get crabbier as you get older. Also, I never believed that a guy who tortured people and dressed like Dracula was the most pleasant person to have over for dinner.”