Whether you like it or not, Frank Miller’s version of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns has been such a defining point in comic book history that any serious portrayal of the World’s Greatest Detective in modern film and TV will have to suffer the comparison. Fortunately, it is an easy comparison to make because many of these new takes on Batman were from creators who were inspired by Miller’s original vision.
The twist is that instead of being flattered, Miller actually hates any movie about characters that he has worked on, and has admitted that he hasn’t watched any Batman movie.
“When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them,” says Miller. “I have my own ideas about what the characters are like.”
“I mean, I can’t watch a Batman movie. I’ve seen pieces of them, but I generally think, ‘No, that’s not him. And I walk out of the theatre before it’s over.”
“It includes all of them,” continued Miller when asked whether his comments extend to Nolan’s films. “I’m not condemning what he does. I don’t even understand it, except that he seems to think he owns the title Dark Knight. He’s about 20 years too late for that. It’s been used.”
Source: Slash Film (via Totalfilm.com)