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Overview (3)

Born in Olney, Maryland, USA
Birth NameFrank O'Neill Miller
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Frank Miller was born in Olney, Maryland, to a nurse mother and a carpenter and electrician father, and was raised in Montpelier, Vermont. He is of Irish descent. Miller was a big comics writer/artist in the '70s and '80s. He wrote and penciled the Marvel series "Daredevil" for a long time. His friend, Klaus Janson, inked. He also wrote two spinoffs about the character "Electra" and did a miniseries about the "X-Men" character "Wolverine". His hit miniseries "Ronin" was published by DC in the mid-eighties. His greatest success came with DC's character "Batman". In 1980, he wrote the acclaimed "Batman" story "Wanted - Santa Claus - Dead or Alive!" for DC Comics. In 1986, his most notable comic-book work, the groundbreaking "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns", an alternate history story about Batman in a grim future, was published by DC. Miller wrote and penciled. In 1988, he wrote the acclaimed "Batman: Year One", about Batman's first year on the job, for DC. In 1996, he wrote "Spawn versus Batman", a one-shot issue published by DC and Image Comics. He wrote the major motion pictures RoboCop 2 (1990) and RoboCop 3 (1993) and did the "Robocop" comic series for a little while.

Miller directed The Spirit (2008) and co-directed Frank Miller's Sin City (2005) and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)_.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sean Murphy

Spouse (1)

Lynn Varley (5 September 1986 - 2005) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (8)

Is best known for his grim film-noirish comic book stories using characters like Batman and Daredevil as well as original works like Sin City.
Often features characters with a physical or mental affliction. Both Miho and Kevin from Sin City are mute, whilst Marv's mother, Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Stick and Manute are all blind. Both Sin City's Hartigan and Batman in Dark Knight Returns suffer heart problems.
Often features characters who are 'killed', disfigured or mortally wounded, only to be surgically rebuilt stronger and deadlier than before, eg. Robocop, Dwight, Batman.
Fedora Hat
His heroes are often extremely moral individuals surviving in a cruel environment
Unique artwork style which heavily focuses on facial tics
Noir style heavily inspired by Will Eisner
Comics often represent His conservative Political views

Trivia (24)

Writes, draws, and inks all of his Sin City comics.
Has worked for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.
His comic book series Sin City is on the Dark Horse Comics label.
In mid-2003, a comic book company called Avatar is publishing a comic book series adapting his original screenplay for RoboCop 2 (1990), which allegedly had enough subplots and material for several movies.
He claimed in the introduction to "The Dark Knight Returns" that he got the idea of writing of a Batman in his mid 60s from a age crisis he had. He "could stand that his little brother was older than Spider-Man, but that he himself getting older than Batman, was something that had to be stopped." He was 29 years old, closing up on 30, writing "The Dark Knight Returns."
Has told in several interviews that he got the inspiration for the "noir and gritty experience" of all his comics (especially Sin City) from noir writers Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The pacing was very influenced by the Lone Wolf & Cub manga by Goseki Kojima & Kazuo Koike.
Moved to New York in 1976, when he was 19. Within a week of his arrival he had found work as a comic book artist.
Has said that "The Romantic Manifesto" by Ayn Rand, a book of collective essays about art and romanticism, helped him to determine how he'd go about creating his heroics.
Was approached by New Line Cinema in 1988 to write and direct A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He declined due to prior commitments.
Created the comic book character "Elektra" who has gone on to appear in the movies Daredevil (2003) and Elektra (2005), played by Jennifer Garner.
Irish-American.
Writing and illustrating "Sin City", a comic series, for Dark Horse; co-writing the script for _Batman: Year One (2011)_, a feature film adaptation of his comic series for Warner Brothers; writing and illustrating "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" for DC, a sequel to "The Dark Knight Returns"; outlining "Jesus!", a comic-book version of the life of Christ for Dark Horse Maverick. [2001]
He praised Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016).
He is a very big fan of Wonder Woman (2017) which he called the ''crown jewel of Superhero films".
His comic book "RoboCop Versus The Terminator" was originally envisaged to be made into movie but the rights to make it come true weren't that easy to obtain since The Terminator (1984) director James Cameron wouldn't allow it.
Has had cameo appearance in six movies till date, every time his character is brutally killed.
Considers Will Eisner and Neal Adams his primary comic book influences.
He was initially reluctant to draw the Wolverine miniseries, as he saw Wolverine as nothing more than a one dimensional berserker, but was won over by Chris Claremont's pitch of Wolverine as a failed samurai.
Has cited Will Eisner's The Spirit comics as having a huge impact on him.
Was mentored by Neal Adams.
He was not going to have Robin in The Dark Knight Returns initially, as he saw the character as nothing more than a nuisance. While he was on a cross country plane trip with artist John Bryne, he convinced Miller to not only put Robin in the book, but to also make him a girl.
He originally envisioned The Dark Knight Returns as a short story, but as he worked on it, he realized it needed to be something bigger.
His samurai/Si-Fi epic Ronin was inspired by his research into Kung Fu movies, martial arts, and samurai ethics for his run on Daredevil.
His first DC comic Ronin, was originally going published under Marvel's Marvel Graphic Novel series, but when the then publisher of DC comics Jenette Khan promised him complete creative freedom , he agreed to make it at DC.

Personal Quotes (29)

I figured Daredevil must be Catholic because only a Catholic could be both an attorney and a vigilante.
You can't have virtue without sin. What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined by how they operate in a very sinful environment. That's how you test people.
I was always into noir. When I lived in Vermont I was drawing stuff that looked like an amateur doing 'Sin City'. When I first got to New York I was swiftly informed that they only did guys in tights.
I realized that I was about to turn 30, and Batman was permanently 29. And I was going to be damned if I was older than Batman.
[about his inspirations] I'm a comic book artist. So I think to myself, what do I like to draw? I like to draw hot chicks, fast cars and cool guys in trench coat. So that's what I write about.
[on Batman Begins (2005)] "I totally thought they did a damned good job. It was the first "Batman' movie I've genuinely liked. I sat there, I watched it, and I came out of there going, 'Well done, man.' Sure, they used my stuff - they used everybody's stuff, but they used my stuff a lot - but they did it well, and that's all I care about. It was Batman. What I mean by that is, I thought the character was true. You understand, when I work on a character, I have a very, very hard time seeing anybody else's interpretation. I get very possessive. But when I went out to see this thing, I said, 'This is a pretty cool Batman.' I wasn't sitting there going, 'This is a merchandising tool.' I felt like it really had heart and substance, and Christian Bale with no doubt performed the best Batman I have ever seen".
The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time.
{On Matt Murdock} "Matt should have been a villain. He had a horrible childhood, his romantic life is the worst! Oh sure, the girls look great, but they end up dead or killing him or something, but somehow this guy redeems himself and moves ahead."
What I'm after when I draw my pictures is your guts, I want you to feel something. I don't want you to like me necessarily. Its the same with my characters. And what I'm after when I draw is evocation, it's not pretty. I love beauty, I don't care about pretty.
Sometimes a solitary voice can be the best one."
I wanted to recapture the feelings of DC comics from when I was growing up.
News objectivity is a 20th century myth. We only complain about propaganda when we don't agree with it.
In the world of comic books, 'troublemaker' means someone who has a sense of dignity.
"As soon as you start to write about what everybody likes, you cease to be a journalist. From this moment on wards you work in show business.'
I don't really plan on running out of material because cause I'm still doing the comics. There's material in my head that could go on forever.
I don't do a comic book thinking there is a movie. I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be.
It was said DareDevil grew up in Hell's Kitchen, an amazing name for a neighborhood. But that opened a Pandora"s box of all the crime stuff I wanted to do. I borrowed liberally from Will Eisner's The Spirit and turned DareDevil into a crime comic.
"The comics I read as a kid were all about guys in tights. But here was a guy who wore a fedora. He fought crime like they did in Marvel and DC. But he did it in the real world. I had just turned 12 when I discovered The Spirit, and it was a strange coincidence. At the same time I discovered girls I feel out of love with guys in tights.
I've always wanted to do crime stories. That's my favorite thing to read. I grew up reading Mickey Spillane, Raymond Candler and Dashiell Hammett. I always thought they would make excellent comic books.
I realized when I was doing Sin City that I found American and English comics too wordy, too constipated, and Japanese comics to be too empty. So I was attempting to do a hybrid.
I'm not a conservative. I'm a libertarian.
When you got a condition, its bad to forgot your medicine.
{On moving to Hollywood} I'm a spoiled brat. I thought I was just going to walk in and make movies. But I'd been my own boss for so long that all of a sudden to be facing a roomful of people who were niggling over every little scene... I just thought I'd go back and draw my comics and have a happy life.
I thought Daredevil was kind of cool because he couldn't do anything. I mean, he's blind. It wasn't that he could fly. His major power was an impediment. So I was intrigued. When I took over he was kind of like Spider-Man lite, but I was able to project lot of my catholic imagery onto it. And I'd always wanted to do a crime comic.
{On detective noir} "This great universe of dark characters, with their long trench coats and big guns , and all the beautiful woman, helped focus me."
{On what his mother did when he got hurt} "She would throw me in the bathtub-I was only five years old-wash off my head, give me butterfly stitches, and send me off to play again."
{On Neal Adams} "He told me I was just no damn good, and I would never be any good. But my problem is I got fired from every other I ever had. So it was either comics or nothing."
{On working in Hollywood} You've got to always be afraid of the words I love you, which means I've got the dagger in your back and I'm about to twist it."
{On Robert Rodriguez} "With Robert, I discovered not just a good partner and a good friend, I found another brother."

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