Frank Talk with Frank Miller

In light of his recent interview with The Guardian, now felt like as good a time as any to have a chat with the inimitable Frank Miller.


David Fairbanks: Hi Frank, how are you today?

Frank Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: I… what things? Are you talking about Holy Terror?

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: Is that a yes? You weren’t thinking clearly when you drew this page:

Silhouettes of two crimefighters swinging through the air

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: And does that also mean you weren’t thinking clearly when you erased the bat ears because Warner Brothers wouldn’t publish Batman vs Al Qaeda?

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: Okay, what about this one where your hero murders a bunch of… terrorists?:

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: I take this to mean that you weren’t thinking clearly as you wrote, drew, and inked all 120 pages of your graphic novel?

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: I see. Should we maybe pivot to 300? What interested you in the story of a small band of white men triumphing over and slaughtering thousands of brown bodies?


Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: Whose idea was it for you to call the third chapter in your Dark Knight sage The Master Race? Did you know that phrase had other connotations?

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: You’ve got something of a reputation when it comes to the women in your comics.

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: You’ve said before that 9/11 dramatically affected your views, that it can be seen in Dark Knight Strikes Again; what part of the terrorist attack led you to this depiction of Hawk and Dove as incestuous lovers?

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: Well, thanks for your time Mr. Miller, I’ll let you get back to your work. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Miller: I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.

Fairbanks: So, when was the last time you were thinking clearly, then?