During an interview with Playboy, legendary comic book writer Frank Miller talked about what he thought of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Miller is the writer of some incredible comics book stories such as Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300. The Dark Knight Returns is one of my favorite comics of all time.
It's really interesting to read what Miller thinks about the movies that were based on characters that he's written for over the years. I was really surprised to learn that he has never watched any Batman movie all the way through. Here's an excerpt from the interview where he also addresses the Daredevil and Elektra films, as well as his love for Batman and his hate for Superman.
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.
PLAYBOY: A lot of Dark Knight readers think you love Batman and hate Superman. Any truth to that?
MILLER: The Dark Knight series is all from Batman’s point of view. But if you look at Dark Knight 2, you’ll see a Superman who’s much calmer than the one in the first Dark Knight. Batman and Superman are dead opposites. I love Superman. Do I love Batman more? They’re not people. They’re only lines on paper.