Comic book writer and artist Frank Miller credits Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jack Kirby, and others with the rising popularity of comic films.
Comic legend Frank Miller, credits Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg and Jack Kirby for the rising popularity of comic films. Miller started at Marvel Comics in the early 80s and made a splash with Daredevil and a Wolverine miniseries before careers turned into DCs The dark knight returns, often viewed as one of the greatest comic book stories of all time. Miller would then move on to other notable projects, including Sin city, a black and white noir anthology series, and 300which was eventually made into a film by director Zack Snyder. The writer / artist has returned several times to tell new stories over the years for his favorite characters, particularly Batman and Daredevil.
Miller is no stranger to Hollywood either as he wrote the scripts for Robocop 2 and Robocop 3, as well as co-directing the adaptations of his Sin city Comics with director Robert Rodriguez. Miller also directed an adaptation of Will Eisner’s The ghost, with Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht. His most recent page-to-screen project was the short-lived adaptation of Cursed for Netflix, which was canceled after a season.
In a recent interview with The Beard and the Bald Movie Podcast, Miller was asked for his opinion on whether the comic book film genre was the most popular in Hollywood, which it wasn’t at the beginning of his comic book career. Miller went on to state that he feels that it is a natural evolution that represents a convergence of both the comic book and the film medium. Miller quotes war of stars as a huge impact as it showed what you can achieve when you do something this extraordinary as the maturation of movies in Hollywood infiltrated comics and pushed the boundaries of telling more dramatic stories. Miller also cites the influence of Jack Kirbys New gods At war of stars, as well as Spielberg’s serialized style for the Indiana Jones Films as a contribution to the merging of the media. Another key point he made was that Spielberg brought back the stories of the aliens on Earth that have become an integral part of the comic book genre today. Read his full quote from Miller below:
“I would say it was natural for a couple of things to converge. Let me name a few of them. First, I have to name Star Wars, even if it’s not from a comic book, you can do extraordinary things that break down all kinds of barriers between comics and movies [Jack] Kirby’s new gods in it. There was of course the Superman movie, which was the absolute crossover event.
But what happened was that comics began to expand their readiness in terms of dramatic material, etc., just as films embraced all the fantastic possibilities. And soon enough you saw the comic book conventions become media conventions that celebrated Harry Potter as much as Marvel comics. You also can’t ignore Indiana Jones and Spielberg bringing the alien stories back to Earth. It was a festive time for fantasy and it was great to be a part of. And I find that every year I sit with an increasing number of lunatics like me and we all enjoy each other’s company. “
Miller says he has more work to do along the way, more for his hit property too Sin citywho want to be a TV show. Sin city is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and Miller is even expanding the property to create his first set of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) through Gala Games, expanding the property into the new realm of digital art. Miller says it is “A new place with a new audience” and that the new medium is one “desirable” Form for the medium.
It wasn’t until the early 2000s that comic films began to really take hold, starting with X-Men and Spider Man and now occupies space on every platform as the most popular genre for the audience. Miller went through times when comic films were not taken seriously or even considered marketable, Superman and Batman the outliers are so it’s interesting to hear how a veteran of the craft saw the entire transition. Miller’s comments certainly coincide with the evolution of both media, as comics and movies slowly began to mature and take risks in the 80s and 90s, creating a mutually beneficial relationship that influenced the creative flow of content so prevalent today and cited. For Miller, the creative drive is still in place and audiences in both media can expect more from the legendary creator.
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Source: The Beard and The Bald Movie Podcast
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