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