YMMV / Frank Miller


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: His reimagining Plastic Man as the most powerful superhero in the DC Universe.
  • Creator Breakdown: If Miller wasn't already fraying around the edges at the time of The Dark Knight Strikes Again, he seems to have lost it completely after 9/11.
  • Creator Worship: It started gradually dying away after The Dark Knight Strikes Again, but many fans were under the impression his contribution to comic book history was enough to justify whatever he did.
  • Deader Than Disco: Initially the Patron Saint of bringing Darker and Edgier back to Batman comics, he no longer holds the high reputation that he once had. It started when his later works (The Dark Knight Strikes Again, All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, his film debut The Spirit, and most infamously Holy Terror) faced major scrutiny among many comic fans, and now, even his earlier, critically acclaimed works are being hit with the same criticism. The final nail in Frankie's coffin may well have been the revelation of his extreme racism and sexism, views which crept increasingly into his work. The crux of this was the aforementioned Holy Terror which portrayed Arabs as an Always Chaotic Evil people who deserve to be horrifically tortured.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Even his fans have trouble with the Batman/Spawn crossover being part of the Dark Knight Universe. His less die hard fans have apply this to either All-Star Batman, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, or both.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Whoreswhoreswhoreswhoreswhoreswhoreswhores..."
  • My Real Daddy: To Daredevil and, at least according to Denny O'Neil, to Jim Gordon.
    • It's also safe to say Batman: The Dark Knight Returns had a huge influence of the dark and gritty Batman we all know today, codifying many works that followed, including the movies.
    • His depiction of the Joker as filled with Ho Yay has also been used by subsequent writers, particularly Grant Morrison, who also got that the Joker's not so much gay as enjoying screwing with the repressed Batman.
    • On a lesser level, he also revised Two-Face and Superman. Two-Face's prior characterization was largely based on the idea that Dent's facial scars were the source of his insanity, but in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns it's revealed Dent's psychological damage is far worse. Similarly, while prior writers did occasionally have Batman and Superman face off, this was the first time the two fought to the death.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Oh boy. These days it's pretty much accepted by all but his most ardent fans that Miller has serious issues writing certain groups. In Miller Land all women are obsessed with sex, talk about little besides sex, usually work careers relating to sex and are defined by their relationships to the men in their lives. Muslims are either a) crazed jihadi terrorists or b) helpless, backward victims brainwashed by an evil dogma. Homosexuality is depraved and lesbians can be "cured" by men forcefully kissing them. Watch Linkara shred these bigoted depictions here

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