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Frank Miller is working on Superman vs Batman – I give up on this movie   4 comments

According to the Independent a source close to Frank Miller  has confirmed that the controversial comic book writer/artist is “going to be meeting up with Zack [Snyder] in the next few days to go over the plans for the Superman film …

To this I say GAAAHHHHHAaaaaaahhhhAAAAHHHHHaaaaaAAAAA…. Why!? Why are you doing that!?

Just me or does he look like Freddy Krueger?

Just me or does Miller look like Freddy Krueger?

Update 8.813: It should be noted that Snyder directed 300, which was adapted from Miller’s graphic novel of the same name.

Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns has been pointed to as an inspiration for the upcoming film, and I have shared my opinions on why that is a poor choice, but actually involving Miller in the film’s production is a BAD IDEA.  His work is outdated and he has honestly gone off the deep end in recent years (that is if he was ever in the shallows).  You want his help making this movie, DC? Well I have two words for you: The Spirit.

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There was a time when I really liked Frank Miller’s work.  He had a massive impact on the comic book industry, pretty much setting the tone of comics for the late 80s and the 90s.  The Dark Night Returns and Batman Year One are the most iconic stories ever written about Batman.  But those stories are over 25 years old and show their age.  They and the stories that they inspired are part of a bygone era of comics, one that is now looked back on with a sense of general disdain.  Backwards is not a good direction for the future of DC movies.

Despite the changes that the comic book industry has seen in the years since Miller’s heyday, his writing has stagnated and is now heavily criticized. Miller’s most recent work on Batman was All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder which received generally negative reviews for its portrayal of Batman as a violent psychopath.

Another work of his, Holy Terror, was originally intended as a Batman story before it was changed to an original character, The Fixer.  In Holy Terror, The Fixer goes up against al-Qaeda after an attack on his home, Empire City.  Miller promoted Holy Terror as “naked propaganda,” on his blog.  His intention was to do a story akin to Superman punching Adolf Hitler.   Holy Terror has been criticized as being a racists revenge fantasy,  and “a goddamn mess.

Its a MUMMY!!

It’s a MUMMY!!

For all the criticism I (and others) have for Miller’s work, I can say that he is, at least, honest about his feeling and opinions.  He shares them on his bog over at frankmillerink.com, which reads like the ramblings of a madman.  Like his thoughts on the Occupy movement:

The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.

Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.

Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.

Not sure that Islamicism is a real word, but moving on…

He is also criticized for having issues with women, as his work frequently depicts women who work in the sex industry or being otherwise sexually submissive to men.

In Miller's world even strong women and hookers.

In Miller’s world even strong women are hookers.

Let me make my way back to my original point, The Spirit.  The film, based on the comic of the same name, was Miller’s solo directorial debut.  It was green lit after the success of Sin City, which Miller wrote and co-directed with Robert Rodriguez.  The film moved away from the light comical tone of the book toward a full retread of the dark bleakness of Sin City.   It flopped and Miller’s film work has since been limited to the sequel to Sin City.

There is, of course, a major difference between having Miller direct a movie and Zack Snyder simply discussing the project with him, but why even let him touch it at all?  His work has been on a consistent down swing, he will certainly bring about some sort of controversy down the line, and his film work has only ever been good when Robert Rodriguez was there to man the helm.  I appreciate that his work is an inspiration for the upcoming film, but even that decision is questionable considering just how outdated a choice that was from the start.

If DC wants to make a the Superman Vs Batman a worthwhile project they need to stop looking back to the successes of their past and start taking chances on something new.  Something bold, something fresh, something that hasn’t been done already.  Letting an artist who is so far passed his prime (who is racist and sexist to boot) influence this project is akin to admitting that DC’s best days are all in the past.  Superman deserves better, Batman deserves better and the movie going audience deserves better.  If there is any hope for the future of DC on film I hope that they take that to heart.

What is your opinion on Frank Miller and his work? Is he a mistake waiting to happen or is he what the movie needs to succeed? Tell Me below!

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4 responses to “Frank Miller is working on Superman vs Batman – I give up on this movie

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  1. Snyder should be talking to Darwyn Cooke instead of Frank Miller. Not only was Cooke’s Spirit comic adaptation LEAGUES ahead of Miller’s filmed version, but he also wrote a better Superman Vs. Batman fight in the New Frontier special issue from a few years ago.

    On a related note, has there been any word on the Batman recasting rumors? There’s one going around that says they’re considering Ryan Gosling, who might be the only leading actor with a WORSE Batman voice than Christian Bale.

  2. I’ve been hearing JGL since he was in the last movie, but nothing substantial so far as rumors go.

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