Frank Miller Comments On Chris Nolan's BATMAN Trilogy

Frank Miller Comments On Chris Nolan's BATMAN Trilogy

With Sin City: A Dame To Kill For hitting theaters soon Frank Miller is doing the rounds generating interest in the film. He was recently interviewed by Playboy Magazine and during the discussion he chatted about Chris Nolan's Batman films. Check it out!

Legendary comic book writer and artist, Frank Miller, is no stranger to stirring the pot. The man created some fantastic comics as well as some of the best story arcs for already established characters. You could start with: Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300. Many of his tales have been adapted into feature films and he has even written a few of those as well. Though, I wouldn't bring up RoboCop 2 if you happen to run into him. In recent years, he has kicked up some dust by putting out a controversial comic book title, Holy Terror, and criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank god for Alan Moore or Frank Miller would be considered the grumpiest guy in comics. Thanks Alan. Cute beard. Now, check out his recent comments on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy which will surely rub some people the wrong way. Cool beans!

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.


It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises was directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan. The cast included: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John "Robin" Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul.
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MrReese - 8/19/2014, 4:02 PM
TDK Trilogy Greatest CBM 2 date!! :)
themidnightking - 8/19/2014, 4:02 PM
Dis gon be good!
lapress - 8/19/2014, 4:03 PM
He seems very to the point about it.
themidnightking - 8/19/2014, 4:03 PM
I think Cap's trilogy will be able to top it IMHO
Eustace - 8/19/2014, 4:04 PM
"They're not people. They're only lines on paper."
Cold world!
MrBlackJack - 8/19/2014, 4:04 PM
Not enough strippers for Miller's taste.
MrReese - 8/19/2014, 4:04 PM
Nolan 2 Miller while making TDK Trilogy

MrStarLord - 8/19/2014, 4:04 PM
Makes sense why he hates The Nolan Batman movies. I mean he thinks Batman is psycho, kidnapper who puts razor sharp blades at the ends of his cape.
Kong - 8/19/2014, 4:04 PM
Was he thinking "No that's not him." when he was writing Strikes Again?
Kong - 8/19/2014, 4:05 PM
He should've been.
MrStarLord - 8/19/2014, 4:05 PM
I think after Dark Knight Strikes Frank just lost it and become egotistical douche
Klone - 8/19/2014, 4:06 PM
This man is [frick]ing insane.
sameoldthing - 8/19/2014, 4:08 PM
I watch the Nolan Bat-films & think just like Frank Miller & think "That's not Batman".
I soon realize it's a movie version in which EVERY comic book character deviates from the source & I can still enjoy the movie.

Nolan trilogy was cool but I still think we have yet seen the definitive Batman on screen...Yet!
MrReese - 8/19/2014, 4:08 PM
@themidnightking Idk.Lotta ppl on here.If I'm correct.Aren't really fans of CA:TFA. I personally liked it though. But yeah so far imo. TDK holds the title 4 best trilogy.It could change & I'm pretty sure it will.Over time & what not.
Klone - 8/19/2014, 4:08 PM
Reading All-Star and some of the pages he sent to Lee for the art. Had me laughing at how [frick]ed up it was.
Scarilian - 8/19/2014, 4:09 PM
Put simply;

Frank Miller was a good writer... not great, but good. However, over the course of several year he has begun to drop in quality. Rather than good writing he is now almost entirely focus on sexualising everything or repeating lines over and over again.

One of the most evident situations of this is in Batman; Year One - one of the most over-hyped piece of crap in existence - in which he turns Batman into a psychopathic child abductor and turns Selina Kyle into a sex-craving dominatrix.

He has written fairly good in the past, Batman; The Dark Returns being a story that balances on that fine line between good satire and the writer trying simply to create a porn mag. However as proven by the sequel 'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' he had no idea what the heck he was doing.
ALegendaryPanda - 8/19/2014, 4:10 PM
Cool story Frank...
DraculaX - 8/19/2014, 4:11 PM
We all know he'll watch Affleck's Batman.
DEATHSTR0KE - 8/19/2014, 4:11 PM
Wow Frank the tank is kind of a dick.
Tainted87 - 8/19/2014, 4:11 PM
I get what he's saying, even if it's all pretty much the generic brand explanation for anything.
I think you're referring to a different Batman story - All-Star Batman and Robin, perhaps? Year One doesn't include child abduction, nor is Selina a sex-craving dominatrix there...
typicalfanboy - 8/19/2014, 4:12 PM
fanboy response: "i agree with everything he says. frank's right."

human being response: frank miller, who's that? oh that guy? he hasn't done anything good since 1986.
DarkGrifter - 8/19/2014, 4:13 PM
"I love Superman"

DraculaX - 8/19/2014, 4:16 PM
Frank the tank was my nickname in high school lol
DaVinci31 - 8/19/2014, 4:16 PM
TelaVizion - 8/19/2014, 4:16 PM
Iron Man gets best trilogy over Bats (tho he does have slight advantage because Avengers fits into the major 3's solo stories, giving them 4 movies to base on instead of 3).

And even tho Cap 1 kinda sucks til this day, If Cap 3 is anything like Cap 2, that will get put above bats also.

DrunkenNukem - 8/19/2014, 4:17 PM
pretty much said what i expected....he is kinda similar to Alan Moore with his ideas and concepts about his cbm will satisfy them...except Miller must be pleased with SIN city....thanks to R. Rod
FordEl - 8/19/2014, 4:24 PM
Frank Miller comes off as a bitter old guy hating everything and everyone smh
FordEl - 8/19/2014, 4:25 PM
I don't see how Christopher Nolan doing Batman films means he own him. Like, what?
mbembet - 8/19/2014, 4:25 PM
the dark knight returns is awesome i can't wait to see ben affleck kicks the crap out of man of shit
airbeyonder18 - 8/19/2014, 4:26 PM

Well it's his opinion. I think Nolan did fantastic with Batman but I understand where he's coming from.
SmellofDuty - 8/19/2014, 4:27 PM
@Telavizion Don't even try to tell me that IM2 and IM3 are better than any of the movies in the Dark Knight trilogy.
Nubase - 8/19/2014, 4:27 PM
he does not own batman, superman or what ever comic book he did so what he says means nothing.

And he cannot say much about other directors either..he directed the sprit which is the worst cbm movie ever
DarthSandwich - 8/19/2014, 4:30 PM
Frank Use to be awesome but then he took crazy in the knee.
VISIONaryNPa - 8/19/2014, 4:31 PM
@AlphaAndDecima you thoughts on the IM trilogy is completely on point!

Stark didn't realize/see/remember the Ten Rings logo, at all?
Nubase - 8/19/2014, 4:34 PM

iron man trilogy is better then the dark knight trilogy! your mind it is, go and look at empire top 100 movies and look where nolans batman movies are placed, plus your god whedon said nolans batmans movies created the cbm industry and called the dark knight the godfather of all cbm movies, the iron man trilogy is a failure, the first movie was brilliant, but 3 and 3 were just a complete mess.

The dark knight trilogy will be remembered for a long time, iron 2 and 3 is already forgotten
smudgewhat2 - 8/19/2014, 4:36 PM
Frank's Dark Knight works were revolutionary and amazing. I might even like the second series more than the first because it's so far out there. But he doesn't come off well here. Also, Sin City 2 looks like total ass.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/19/2014, 4:38 PM
Best cbm trilogy of all time. Nothing will beat it except for possibly Avengers.
Desrow - 8/19/2014, 4:38 PM
Who's more insane Frank Miller or Alan Moore?? Two crazy old men... 3 if you count @Gusto,

Pasto - 8/19/2014, 4:38 PM
*On the topic of butts*

TheOverlord - 8/19/2014, 4:39 PM
Best movie trilogies...

#1. Original Star Wars trilogy -- Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

#2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

#3. Original Indiana Jones trilogy -- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

#4. Trilogy of the Dead -- Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985)

#5. Iron Man trilogy -- Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013)

#6. First three James Bond films -- Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964)

#7. Original Bourne trilogy -- The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

#8. Evil Dead trilogy -- The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness (1992)

#9. Dark Knight trilogy -- Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

#10. Dollars trilogy -- A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Honorable mention: original Die Hard trilogy -- Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Honorable mention: Back to the Future trilogy -- Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990)
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