Sunday, 11 December 2016

Batman writer Frank Miller thinks the movies should be "smaller"

From creating the seminal 1986 comic miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, writer and artist Frank Miller's influence on the Batman mythos has been a prominent one. It has impacted everything from Tim Burton's 1989 take on the character to this year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Surprisingly, Miller has revealed that if he was given creative control at Warner Bros, he would take the character in a markedly "smaller" direction.

"To lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more," he told Variety, "because he's got a loving relationship with the city he's protecting."

He contrasts this with someone like Superman, believing that Batman's connection to crime is a more intimate one given the thing that has driven him for all of these years – the murder of his parents.

"He defeats criminals with his hands," Miller notes. "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."

A perfect example of this approach can be found in Miller's 1987 story arc Batman: Year One, which had been in development in 2000 as a live action feature with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) set to direct, and adapted as an animated feature in 2011.

"It was much more down to Earth," he details. "In it, a fair amount of time is spent before he became Batman, and when he went out and fought crime he really screwed it up a bunch of times before he got it right."

For more from Miller, head over to Variety's interview here.

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