Here's What Frank Miller Would Do if He Could Make a Batman Movie

Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 3:50PM
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Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 3:50PM
Here's What Frank Miller Would Do if He Could Make a Batman Movie
Frank Miller is a comics legend - there's no denying that. From Batman: Year One to The Dark Knight Returns, to Sin City and his run on Daredevil, Miller served as an inspiration for an entire generation of comics creators. He's crafted stories and iconography that have been adapted to cinema and have become permanently ingrained in American culture. So when Miller talks about his view on the cinematic Batman and where it is he'd like to see the character go in the future, the geek community listens.

Variety recently spoke with him on the subject, and in the interview, Miller voices many of the same concerns and dreams for the future of the Batman franchise that many fans have been voicing as well.    

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My dream would be to make it much smaller. To lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more. Because he's got a loving relationship with the city he's protecting. And unlike Superman his connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. So it would be a different take. But it will never be in my hands, because it would not be a good place to make toys from. There wouldn't be a line of toys.
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In other words, Miller wants a more character driven Batman movie, one that doesn't rely so much on cool-looking sci-fi gadgets and vehicles or on changing the character into a gun wielding killer, and one where the psychology of Batman's crime-fighting crusade can be examined in a really personal and intimate way. That actually sounds perfect, and if there's hope for another Batman movie to ever equal The Dark Knight in its levels of quality or innovation, it would likely be something similar to what Miller described.     

So far, the DCEU has chosen to focus on creating over-the-top blockbusters that all have the exact same stakes and central plot: if the bad guy wins, the world ends. However, Ben Affleck has done a fantastic job at creating character-centric films for practically every movie he's directed or wrote for in the past, and with him both directing and writing the next Batman film, there's a strong chance that the project will deliver on what Miller and many other Batfans are hoping to see come from the franchise next.
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