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Frank Miller Says ‘Batman’ Movies Should Be More Grounded and Lead to Fewer Toys

The comic legend also discusses project exploring Superman's Jewish roots and Trump being too small to be a comic-book character.

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Frank Miller, who wrote the “Dark Knight” series of comics that helped shape Christopher Nolan’s three Batman movies, was asked about his thoughts on the current state of the character — and how he might alter it — in a new Variety interview. “My dream would be to make it much smaller,” he said, “to lose the toys and to focus more on the mission, and to use the city a great deal more.”

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The city in question is Gotham, which Miller said Batman has “a loving relationship with.” This strikes a contrast to Superman, as the Caped Crusader’s “connection to crime is intimate; it has been ever since his parents were murdered. And he defeats criminals with his hands. 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. There wouldn’t be a line of toys.”

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Miller was also asked about the never-made Batman movie that he and director Darren Aronofsky were at one point discussing. “That screenplay was based on my book ‘Batman: Year One,’ and yeah it was much more down to earth,” he explained. “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. So it was 90-minute origins story.”

For his thoughts on Superman’s Jewish origins, Donald Trump’s potential as a comic-book character and “Batman v Superman,” avail yourself of the complete interview here.

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