Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years. His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum. Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels. These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade. And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all. Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director. There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter. And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, Miller might well be more influential to the future of filmmaking than he has been to comics. So all things considered, I think we can agree that Robocop never had any sequels and Holy Terror! exists only as an Onion article penned by David Mamet during his Andy Kaufman period.
Collider sat down with the perpetually-fedora-adorned author and artist at Comic-Con to talk about his long-awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. During our exclusive one-on-one, Miller talked about adapting his own work, original material added to the sequel, the importance of trusting actors, why he never writes a comic with the movie version in mind, the future of the 300 and Sin City franchises, the possible return of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and more. Hit the jump for the full transcript.