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Frank Miller Discusses Sin City and Batman with Playboy

How did Miller get back into film making and more are discussed in this interview

Photo Credit: Playboy/Gavin Bond

In Playboy's September issue, comic creator Frank Miller is featured in their 20Q section. In the twenty question interview, Miller discusses his work on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 300, Batman, and Daredevil. Frank Miller once swore off working on films after working on Robocop 2, until director Robert Rodriguez came to him:

“Because Robert Rodriguez said he wanted to show me what he would do with Sin City. The irony here is that I designed Sin City so it could not be adapted to film. I wanted to show people what comics would do that movies couldn’t. When Rodriguez showed up, I was so ornery. I ignored his first three phone calls. I wouldn’t even meet him in my home. I met him at a Hell’s Kitchen bar. He showed me some rough work he’d done, and it was impressive. I thanked him and told him the answer was no. He went back to Texas. Then he said maybe we could shoot a scene just to see what it was like. It’s not the sort of offer you turn down. So I went to Texas, where he had built a fully functional set, and at one point Marley Shelton looked at me with her beautiful big eyes and said, ‘Why did my character hire somebody to kill her?’ Marley grasped it all and went out and gave three times the performance she had before. I walked over to Robert, kicked him in the shins and said, ‘I’m in.’”

Photo Credit: Playboy/Gavin Bond

While fans have enjoyed seeing his work on the big screen, not everyone around the world has felt the same way, which includes Iranian politicians, who had strong opinions about 300:

“I’m ready for my fatwa now. [laughs] I’m banned from Iran, but believe me, I’ve made much greater sacrifices. What I love is that I actually made the Iranian government change its historical policy toward Persia. It went from despising the empire of Persia to all of a sudden loving it, after 300. Persia had been a globe-spanning empire, then Muhammad came along and changed the mentality and rewrote all the histories. Iran’s days of empire are long gone, and they were just looking for something to get pissed off about.”

Also in the interview, Miller discusses the fact he always hates films that come out, based on characters he's written in the past. Miller also stated that has scene pieces of Batman films, but never a whole one because the film's portrayals of Batman "aren't him." He also discusses why he created HOLY TERROR and much more in the rest of the interview.

Source: Playboy

26 Comments
Posted by i_dont_like_comics

wow. the delusions this guy has. incredible.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Playboy's interviews are awesome.

Posted by unlondun14

It's been a while since I've taken anything this guy says seriously.

Posted by lagozzino

"He also discusses why he created HOLY TERROR"

Because All-Star Batman And Robin wasn't enough of an outlet for all the worst aspects of his writing?

Posted by Outside_85

So he's gone comepletely Moore, only not quite as good.

Btw, am I the only one that sees the hunchback from 300 when I see him now?

Edited by fil123

"but ever a whole one because the film's portrayals of Batman "aren't him."

ya because frank miller knows how to portray batman...

that being said i would love it if batfelck drops "im the goddamn batman" line

Posted by redhood21

i like frank...it could be worse...it could have been liefield

Posted by The Impersonator

HOLY BATMAN!

Posted by Rorie

OH NO IT'S GOLLUM oh wait it's just frank miller

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Posted by Superguy1591

His fatwa? Isn't a fatwa a religious law? What fatwa is he expecting?

Posted by Astro_Zombie78

This guy is a hack & an idiot. He's not the creator he used to be. I'd be happy if he never writes or draws again.

Edited by nappystr8

EDIT: since realizing Frank Miller is only 57 years old, it is clear that his change of appearance is due to some serious medical issue of one sort of another and not simply an unfortunate aging process. I therefore removed my post, as I don't want to attack a man while he is down.

Posted by cdw101

Woah! he has aged like mad n looks ill!! my dad is 65 where as miller is 57 n he looks younger than frank- if like nappystr8 mentioned above that he is an alcoholic then things arnt looking too good.

Posted by micah

What's up with all the Miller hate?

Posted by Jayc1324

The guy wrote the best batman story ever, revolutionized daredevil, influenced all of the bronze age of comics, but no let's all hate on him. Comics as a whole wouldn't be the same without frank miller but no he sucks

Posted by danhimself

@jayc1324 said:

The guy wrote the best batman story ever, revolutionized daredevil, influenced all of the bronze age of comics, but no let's all hate on him. Comics as a whole wouldn't be the same without frank miller but no he sucks

he's also written some serious crap

Posted by Jayc1324
Posted by Jasoninthewoods

@jayc1324 said:

The guy wrote the best batman story ever, revolutionized daredevil, influenced all of the bronze age of comics, but no let's all hate on him. Comics as a whole wouldn't be the same without frank miller but no he sucks

he's also written some serious crap

So has every comic creator at one time ,or another.

Posted by Saint_Talker

Respect you're elders

Edited by DoomDoomDoom

Serious question: is he sick? He looks like he's in pretty poor health.

Posted by danhimself

@jayc1324 said:

@danhimself: True but what writer hasn't?

people have higher expectations when it comes to a writer like Miller so when he falls off as badly as he did it's a much bigger deal....I mean he went from writing books like The Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil which are praised by more than just the comic book community to writing books like All-Star Batman and Robin and the The Dark Knight Strikes Again which are considered some of the worst books of all time

Posted by RustyRoy

@jayc1324 said:

The guy wrote the best batman story ever, revolutionized daredevil, influenced all of the bronze age of comics, but no let's all hate on him. Comics as a whole wouldn't be the same without frank miller but no he sucks

Agreed.

Posted by davidgrantlloyd

Good old Frank Miller. I luv him. He's a fascinating artist. Divisive, sure. But fascinating (and pretty damn awesome) ...

I suspect Holy Terror might've been more mind-blowing (not to mention controversial) if the superhero was Captain America.

Posted by SmashBrawler

*tips goddamn fedora*

Posted by Grey56
Posted by CuddleBear

“I’m ready for my fatwa now. [laughs] I’m banned from Iran, but believe me, I’ve made much greater sacrifices. What I love is that I actually made the Iranian government change its historical policy toward Persia. It went from despising the empire of Persia to all of a sudden loving it, after 300. Persia had been a globe-spanning empire, then Muhammad came along and changed the mentality and rewrote all the histories. Iran’s days of empire are long gone, and they were just looking for something to get pissed off about.”

You gotta admit that is awesome.