As the guy who wrote The Dark Knight Returns, comic writer Frank Miller has a fairly strong grasp on what makes Bruce Wayne’s alter ego tick. So what would he want to see from a Batman film?
Variety posed that question to Miller, and he had an interesting answer. Instead of going bigger (a staple of the comic book genre these days), Miller said he’d like to see a smaller story that could “lose the toys” and focus on Batman trying to protect his city from its seedier underbelly. He also alluded to the aborted Batman: Year One film (Darren Aronofsky developed it based on Miller’s story) and said it was definitely a smaller, more “down-to-earth” type of story.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below and let us know what you thinK:
“My dream would be to make it much smaller. To lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more. Because he’s got a loving relationship with the city he’s protecting. And unlike Superman his connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. So it would be a different take. But it will never be in my hands, because it would not be a good place to make toys from. There wouldn’t be a line of toys.”
As much as studios are starting to respect and draw from the comic canon, it’s an area where DC and Warner Bros. continue to struggle. Giving Ben Affleck the directorial reins for The Batman is hopefully a good start, and here’s hoping someone over there might be listening to Miller’s assessment.
What do you think? Is Miller on the right track?