Frank Miller Tells Playboy About How Rod Stewart Took Away Masculinity And How Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Get His Batman

20Q Frank Miller Playbill by Gavin Bond

It didn’t escape many people’s notice that Frank Miller was looking more and more like some of the characters he’s drawn in Sin City, when he made an appearance at San Diego Comic Con.

With all sorts of rumours flying around, including that it was actually his brother posing as him (his brother was there, but in a different context), it’s good to see he’s up for a chat with Playboy magazine…

20Q Frank Miller p. 100 101 by Gavin BondThey asked him twenty questions, but these are my favourites...

PLAYBOY: Your work is clearly influenced by film noir and pulp magazines. Do you prefer the older ideal of masculinity to the one you see represented in culture these days?

MILLER: I believe there has been a crisis of masculinity in modern times, and the 1940s-style gentleman needs to make a comeback—the sort of man who opens the door for women and compliments them and does things for them. I believe it’s a biological function of men, because we tend to be larger than women, to be protective of them. If I were to try to zero in, comic-book-like, on when masculinity went awry, I’d say it was when Rod Stewart sang, “You are my lover, you’re my best friend,” rather than allowing there to be two people in his life who served two very important functions.

MILLER: When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them. 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 theater before it’s over.

PLAYBOY: Does that include the Christopher Nolan Batman movies?

MILLER: It includes all of them. 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. [laughs] He’s about 20 years too late for that. It’s been used.

Never change Frank, never change.