Mister Cinecal

Mister Cinecal

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Frank Miller in Spouting Nonsense Shock

Frank Miller wears a fedora, because obviously

Frank Miller, a man with such clear respect for the vision of the artist that he turned Will Eisner's idealistic Golden Age comic The Spirit into an over-sexed, gritty and nonsensical indulgence in what entertains him personally (mostly the body parts of women) is apparently not fond of watching characters he has written for in the film's of others, specifically Batman.

Miller's noir-inspired, gritty, "Batman Is An Incredibly Serious Thing Everybody" take on the character has been a heavy influence on recent Batman films, but apparently Miller is not a fan, as he has revealed this week during press for his upcoming film Sin City: A Dame To Kill For:

“When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them,” Miller said. “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 theatre before it’s over.”

The interviewer (for Playboy, who else) asked Miller if this included the Nolan films, Miller replied:

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.

I'm not sure Frank Miller holds any more ownership over the title 'Dark Knight' than Christopher Nolan does, nor am I saying that it is invalid to criticise the Nolan films, which have more than their fair share of faults storywise. I would however, like to point out this excerpt from an interview Miller did with IGN back in 2005:

IGN: Fair enough. Another project you contributed to in some form was the Batman series, which borrowed heavily from your Year One books. What did you think of Batman Begins? 

 Miller: I thought they did a really, really good job. I mean, I walked out of that movie with a smile on my face; I thought it was a really strong interpretation of the character, and they knew what to borrow from and how much. I got a major kick out of the fact that they used that bit where he calls on the bats to attack the cops and that sort of thing, and I loved Gary Oldman's interpretation of exactly the Jim Gordon that I'd written in Batman: Year One. But it was [Christopher] Nolan's movie and [Christian] Bale's movie, and I just simply absorbed it and enjoyed the hell out of it.

It must have been hard to get a read on him when he walked out of the theatre with a smile on his face before the film was over. For those comic fans playing Frank Miller Embarrassing Uncle Bingo, you may now tick off 'Completely Contradicts Self''.

Source: Total Film

No comments:

Post a Comment