Legendary writer/artist Frank Miller reacts to Zack Snyder referencing his graphic novel comic The Dark Knight Returns in several of his DCEU films. Miller began his rise to fame on Marvel’s Daredevil title back during the 80s, creating such characters as Daredevil’s Elektra, Stick and Nuke, before making waves with his take on a Batman of the future with The Dark Knight Returns. The comic followed an aging Bruce Wayne in his continued efforts to spread his crime-taking on presence and conflict not only his rogues gallery yet one of his greatest allies, Superman.
In an interview ahead of the following scene of The Beard and The Bald Movie Podcast, Miller talks about Snyder’s utilization of The Dark Knight Returns in his work, particularly Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Miller said that at first, he felt “territorial” over the utilization of his material, yet after he’d had some an ideal opportunity to take everything in, he felt it was great. Noting the impact The Dark Knight Returns has had on his career and how much he’s benefited from it, Miller says that the entire collaboration from comic-to-screen has been a “healthy relationship.” Take a look at the full statement below:
“I really gotta say about that-a couple of years have gone by since all this started, okay? And at first, my reaction was to be very territorial and all that. And now I’ve sort of sat back and with a lot deeper breath and longer view in general thing and all I can say is: this is great. I mean, I came in and I came up with my idea for The Dark Knight Returns and that basically was the large splash I made, what started my entire career going. And from that point forward I’ve seen the two fields collaborate back and forth. I benefited greatly from Dark Knight Returns and so have they and continue to. And it can only be looked at as a healthy relationship.”
Miller is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of another seminal work of his, Sin City, for which he’s simply prepared to launch his first foray into NFT art with Sin City originals. Miller has done numerous spin-off series’ to The Dark Knight Returns and continues to be a major effect on the funnies and film medium. He co-directed the Sin City films with Robert Rodriguez and says that he’s had discussions to accomplish more with the property. Regardless of what Miller does straightaway, his impact over the mechanism of funnies continues to reverberate through shot entertainment, be it Batman, Daredevil, Sin City, 300, and beyond. It’s inevitable before another filmmaker pulls from the creator’s long legacy of work to focus a light on it on the large or small screen.