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Frank Miller is a man with specific ideas and interests. That fact is plainly clear in his work on comics like The Dark Knight Returns, 300 and Sin City.
Given his singular vision of how certain characters should and should not be rendered, Miller finds himself unable to view certain movies — like, say, anything featuring Batman.
In an interview with Playboy, timed to the release of his new movie, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Miller spoke about the experience of seeing characters he’s worked on make the leap from the paneled page to the big screen — characters like Daredevil, Elektra and Batman, for example.
“When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them,” he 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 theater before it’s over.”
Yes, that includes Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series. Indeed, “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,” Miller laughed. “He’s about 20 years too late for that. It’s been used.”
Miller’s Sin City sequel arrives in theaters this weekend.