Why Does Frank Miller Hate Superman?

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  1. ScottishFogg

    ScottishFogg Narnian

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    I just finished reading the TPB of All-Star Batman and Robin and realized something . . . Frank Miller hates Superman.

    Every time he writes a Batman book, he throws in something that makes Superman out to be a clown, a child, or just a puppet of the government. In Miller's books, Bruce belittles Clark, looks down on him, and continually disrespects him. Why is that?

    If this was the relationship Supes and Bats have, there would be no way they could have ever been on the Justice League together. They'd never team up. They'd never do anything together.

    It's such a stark contrast to the way Loeb writes them. In his run on Superman/Batman, they respect each other and their differences. They actually seem like friends.

    So what's Frank's deal? Is he just re-writing Batman, working him into his vision of what he thinks Batman should be like? Making him a character that should haunt Sin City, not Gotham?
     
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  2. TruerToTheCore

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    well, you realize things really... fast :hehe: It has always been that way. Perhaps Superman is too "clean" for him or something like that.
     
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  3. chamber-music

    chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    I don't know Frank Miller doesn't exactly like the Green Latern either from the looks of All Star Batman and Robin.
     
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  4. TruerToTheCore

    TruerToTheCore Well-Known Member

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    Well, he always seemed to like Hal Jordan.

    In ASBR all are ******ed :hehe:
     
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  5. ScottishFogg

    ScottishFogg Narnian

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    I've always known, but ASBR just pushed it over the edge.
     
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    I remember one of his interview in wich he described psychologically the two, completely different. Hence putting them at odds.
    Can anyone post it, please? I don't remember where it is.
     
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  7. ScottishFogg

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    I agree. They are very different people. But every chance Miller gets, he puts this really strong animosity between them, especially coming from Batman. I think in ASBR, he literally says, "I'm smarter than you, I'll always be smarter than you!" And then laughs and laughs.

    Who's smarter is up for debate, I suppose. But to dimish Kal's otherworldly knowledge just seems juvenile. It's like, in Miller's world, Batman is the nerdy little kid in eighth grade who picks on the jock from behind his back.
     
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  8. TruerToTheCore

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    Superman is - of course - more intelligent than Batman, The authentic Superman that is.
     
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  9. Why does Frank Miller hate Superman? Personally, I like Batman better, but I don't feel the need to belittle Supes to make Batman seem cooler! They are each coolin their own ways. I would have to say that Bats is actually the more intellegent of the two, but lets face it, he can't do a lot of the things Supes can do. If only for his amazing power, Supes is a leader. People naturally follow him and listen to him because he is Superman! Batman certainly has leadership skills, but he likes to keep to himself. Sure, he has his extended family of sidekicks, but they all had to go through a lot to earn his trust and he still keeps them all out of the loop on many things. Miller plays favorites like no one's business! And with every character he takes on, he gives them that same Miller twist! Sure, any time a new writer takes on a character that already exists, they're gonna give them thier own twist, but Miller takes it to an extreme. Superman, The Man of Steel, is always made to look like some loser boyscout who is all brawn and no brains, and that is not Superman at all. I think that Superman and Batman would each understand and respect each other, despite how different they are. Miller pretty much feels like he can do whatever he wants and he gets away with it because he's Frank Miller. I HATE The Dark Knight Strikes again because not only does he belittle Superman, he does the same thing to Dick Grayson! My opinion is that Miller should just stick to doing his own original stuff and stop ruining everything that is good about the classics!
     
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  10. TruerToTheCore

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    No he is not. Superman has "super-intellect" and a super-brain. The Smallville and Lois & Clark Superman is kinda dumb, that's correct. And the STAS Superman. Batman is just a human genius, Superman comes from a species on his peak of evolution, and out of one of the finest families there.
     
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  11. Michael Corleone

    Michael Corleone Don Corleone

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    What continuity? What age? You say that like it's fact when it's actually opinion. I suppose you could say he has super-intellect right now, but we don't know what his limits are or where the character is headed. He's only had these changes for the past couple years so far. It's fine to post your opinion, and debate this stuff, but don't assume you are just right and no one can challenge that.
     
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  12. TruerToTheCore

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    it was that way from 1938 'til 1986 but then Superman became Super-Simp. I am glad they re-introduced it in 2006. I don't care about fanboy's favourite thing, "continuity", I just look at the essence of the character and how he was created, "with powers far beyond those of mortal man" AND so his LOGICALLY his brain. He is a super-inventor and seems to build super-robots now! Superman, greatest character ever invented.



    Only Superman haters deny his super-intellect.
     
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  13. Michael Corleone

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    You're still posting an opinion, not fact. You do realize that you as much a fanboy as anyone on this board right? I think you should just relax and not get so defensive about this. Especially with the "Superman haters" crap. Calm down.
     
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  14. Kal L

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    Frank Miller writes Superman that way because he doesn't understand him.

    He can't get his mind wrapped around the fact that a character can be as good as Superman.

    Just look at EVERYTHING he has ever written, it's as dark as can be. You only write about the things you know, and the basic things that make Superman who he is do not exist in Frank Miller's mind.

    He's a crackpot.

    :supes:
     
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  15. C. W. Saturn

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    Why is this an "opinion"? Superman is super-intelligent, of course. That was featured in so many stories in the golden/silver and bronze age and today it is SAID to be back - but we haven't seen it.
     
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  16. Nixon

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    cwstriumphant, is that you?!

    Is everybody leaving the DCboards now?
     
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  17. Michael Corleone

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    Because the character is a living character. He's changed so many times that it's pointless to say one iteration of the character is the correct one. It boils down to personal preference of which version of the character is yours. Superman currently has no established origin or continuity. So to say one or the other is flat out wrong is, well wrong. To pass off anyone's opinion of the character as incorrect. To consider said person as a Superman hater or a fanboy is also wrong. But what do I know? I apparently hate the character and can't see past my fanboyism. This is the last I'm post on the topic as it's one persons view against another, and I think people are missing that fact.
     
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  18. Nixon

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    ^^^

    If it is CWS then I wouldn't worry too much about it. That's his schtick, complain about everything and then accuse anybody that doesn't agree with him of hating Superman and not being a true fan like him.
     
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    Amazing that Superman fans want their character to be "dumb".
     
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  20. Michael Corleone

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    Yeah, that's what I want :rolleyes:


    P.S. Try not to be so angry about everything.
     
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  21. Metropolis_Man

    Metropolis_Man Mister Doctor?

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    That about sums it up for me. I think Frank Miller just doesn't understand that a man would want to strive to be the best he can possibly be and shine through as a symbol of hope. Batman inspires people in one way but Superman tries to do it the best way he can without forcing anything on anyone. I think this is a concept that most people don't want to, or are afraid to comprehend.
     
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    ^^^

    That's the conclusion I've come to as well. Why does DC let him tarnish Supes that way?
     
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  23. Andy C.

    Andy C. Repent, Harlequin!

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    Because they can make a ton of money by slapping his name on whatever dreck he puts out. Notice that they don't let him anywhere near the mainstream DC ongoing series, though--it's always in an alternate timeline. They know damn well not to let him have a permanent impact on the characters' actual stories.
     
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  24. Pluto

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    Of course. He's a Batman defender!
     
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    Because Batman is the Goddamn Batman and Superman is just a ******ed boyscout in blue PJ's who wares bright red underwear on the outside of his pants and has a huge freaking S for "stupid" a cross his chest. He may be an Icon to many people but I just wish Lex Luthor would toss him in the recycling bin already.
     
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