Frank Miller chimes in on Nolan's Batman trilogy and use of the Dark Knight name

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Aug 20, 2014, 8:56 PM EDT (Updated)

As comics' anarchic prophet and outspoken renegade, Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, 300, Sin City) holds a revered place among comics creators and ardent fans.   Not nearly as angrily audacious as Alan Moore and slightly more politically charged than Jim Steranko, Miller holds nothing back and takes no prisoners in a wide range of hot topics whenever he's asked. 

With his Sin City: A Dame To Kill For now hitting theaters, Miller is making the rounds doing obligatory press to promote the film.  In a new interview with Playboy, Miller gets his hackles up over Christopher Nolan's entitled use of the Dark Knight moniker, the Daredevil and Elektra movies, his aversion to sitting through any Batman film, whether he loves Batman or Superman more and the royalty money he may or may not be owed by studio brass.  

Check out his sentiments below.

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.

PLAYBOY: When you took over the Batman comic for DC in the mid-1980s with the Dark Knight series, you reinvented him as a crabby and crazy 55-year-old, a change that still influences Hollywood depictions of him. At first you thought Batman was too big a character for you to take on. What changed your mind?

MILLER: It started as a thought: Oh my God, I'm about to turn 30, and Batman is still 29. This is not tolerable. He's got to be older than me. So I started thinking about making him as old as his legend, and the idea of having him come out of retirement came together quickly.

PLAYBOY: And what about making him crabby and crazy?

MILLER: Well, you do get crabbier as you get older [laughs]. Also, I never believed that a guy who tortured people and dressed like Dracula was the most pleasant person to have over for dinner.

For the entirety of Frank Miller's Playboy interview click here.

So, do you think Miller has any valid points, or is he just blowing smoke in fandom's face?

(Via Comic Book Movie)