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Great interview with Frank Miller...

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:48 am
by Keepcoolbutcare
JOSHUA, thanks again for keeping me entertained.

Opinions on Batman & Robin? Has Miller lost his touch? Do you want Clive Owen back as a bald Dwight? Pontificate people.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:45 pm
by The Garbage Man
Word of warning: the main Suicide Girls site is NSFW. I don't know about that interview in particular, but some of you may want to wait until you get home to read it.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:05 am
by Keepcoolbutcare
um, if it was NSFW I woulda said so. Read it fools, post, frolic, make hay...gotta go with The Moms to see "March of the Penguins". Not that you asked.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:10 am
by lyra belacqua
keepcoolbutcare wrote:um, if it was NSFW I woulda said so. Read it fools, post, frolic, make hay...gotta go with The Moms to see "March of the Penguins". Not that you asked.

I'm starting to worry about the psychic connections this place is creating...I'm doing the exact same thing tomorrow. Scary.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:17 am
by docfalken
Since I've outted myself as being lucky enough to be an extra in the bar scene in Sin City, let me share some observations that I saw there.

Frank Miller and Rodriguez were tied on the hip while on the set. They were inseparable and there were two directors chairs in front of the monitors just off of the set.

All of the crew people were using pages directly from the graphic novels instead of a script filled with words.

Shot setups were done exactly based on the angles of the panels in the graphic novels.

I would see Mr. Miller talk to the actors and position them as he wanted them. Especially for action that wasn't exactly spelled out inbetween the panels, he was filling in the blanks.

Rodriguez was behind the camera almost exclusively.

A lot of the waitresses and patrons in the bar were roller girls from a local roller girl league.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the DVD will have on it. At least I can hit the pause button and brag to my brother.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:18 am
by docfalken
Oh yeah, for the record I'm not an actor. I just really look bad ass.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:59 am
by The Garbage Man
keepcoolbutcare wrote:um, if it was NSFW I woulda said so. Read it fools, post, frolic, make hay...gotta go with The Moms to see "March of the Penguins". Not that you asked.

Hey, caution never hurt anyone.

Except for that one guy, but he totally deserved it. Caution fucked him up for realz, yo.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:10 pm
by DennisMM
lyra belacqua wrote:
keepcoolbutcare wrote:um, if it was NSFW I woulda said so. Read it fools, post, frolic, make hay...gotta go with The Moms to see "March of the Penguins". Not that you asked.

I'm starting to worry about the psychic connections this place is creating...I'm doing the exact same thing tomorrow. Scary.

The niece and nephew wanted to see it last weekend, but adults gave it a thumbs down. A three-year-old in a theater isn't my idea of fun.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 8:12 pm
by Adam Balm
I had one of those little fuckers when I went to see War of the Worlds. Who the fuck takes a three year old to see a movie like War of the Worlds? The little shit cried and screamed all the way through it like I cried and screamed all the way through Elektra.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:17 am
by DinoDeLaurentiis
The Dino, he has a to wonder about how many of a the little bambinos are gonna grow uppa with a the "issues" a 'cos of the films their parents, they dragged them a to when a they were < 24mos old.

Re: Frank Miller's Xerxes

PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:50 pm
by TheButcher
Hero Complex Exclusive June 01, 2010 |:
Frank Miller returns to the '300' battlefield with 'Xerxes': 'I make no apologies whatsoever'

Geoff Boucher wrote:Frank Miller and the filmmakers behind “300“ are looking for a return to the battlefields of antiquity — and, no doubt, to the arenas of pop-culture controversy.

Three years ago, the sword-and-sandal adventure “300″ became a surprise sensation with moviegoers — it set box-office records for a March release and became the highest-grossing R-rated film of 2007 — and delivered career breakthroughs for actor Gerard Butler and director Zack Snyder. But the movie, which was based on the comic books written and drawn by Miller, also triggered an unlikely international incident with its portrayal of the Persian leader Xerxes the bloody Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bitterly denounced the film and the Iranian Academy of the Arts filed a formal complaint through the United Nations that framed the movie as nothing less than an attack on the historical identity of a nation — especially with its portrayal of Xerxes (portrayed by Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro) as leering and androgynous and the Persian army as a demonic horde.

Those foes and critics of “300″ will not be enthused to hear that Tuesday, Miller released the first artwork from his upcoming book – a “300″ prequel entitled “Xerxes.” More than that, Snyder and “300″ producer Thomas Tull have seen some of Miller’s completed pages and plan to pursue it as a feature film if the finished tale lives up to their hopes.

“If the book is awesome and compelling,” Snyder said Monday, “then, yes, we’re interested.”

Miller said his “Xerxes” will be a six-part tale with each installment released in individual comic book issues beginning next year. The publisher will be Dark Horse Comics, which published Miller’s “300″ as a five-issue mini-series in 1998 and which has notable Hollywood success with other properties such as “Hellboy“ and “The Mask.”

“The story will be the same heft as ’300′ but it cover a much, much greater span of time — it’s 10 years, not three days,” Miller said. ”This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in ’300′ were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it’s a sweeping tale with gods and warriors.”
Frank Miller hat

The action may take place in the distant past, but as “300″ the film showed, any tale that pits the West against a Middle East culture is closely inspected these days for contemporary political messaging. That was especially the case for “300,” which an Iranian government spokesman described a cultural slur of the highest order.

“Not only would no nation or government accept this … but it would also consider it as hostile behavior, which is the result of cultural and psychological warfare,” Tehran official Gholamhossein Elham said in March 2007. While Tehran officials framed the film as a primer to stir the American populace for war, many cultural critics here in the States saw “300″ as the cinematic equivalent of the World Wrestling Federation. In The New Yorker, for instance, David Denby wrote: “Everyone screams at everyone, and specialized Persian warriors wearing masks and other freakish regalia turn up to do battle. Pop has always drawn energy from the lower floors of respectability; this movie, in which fan-boy cultism reaches new levels of goofy chaos and sexual confusion, draws energy from the subbasement.”

The Persians were presented as ruthless but consistently out-wittted, and their leader Xerxes was made to looked like a heavily pierced, decadent Dennis Rodman lookalike, while the Spartans were portrayed primarily as honorable, duty-bound and robust of spirit and body.
Rodrigo Santoro as Xerses

As for the title of the new tale, Miller is aware that his choice will be seen as willfully provocative — the portrayal of Xerxes in “300″ was deeply offensive in Iran, where the ruler is viewed as part of a noble era in Persian history.

“Yes, I suppose it will be seen as provocative, but really to me he is such a pivotal character and in this story I get to explain him so much more fully,” Miller said. “I do my best to crawl inside his head rather than have him be this iconic force that simply commands this huge army. There are many scenes with him alone or just with his people. There’s an extended scene set in Persepolis, for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he’s shown speaking to his mother and his wife and with all of that he becomes that much more interesting as a character.”

Xerxes may be the title character, but once again a Greek warrior is the protagonist, Miller said.

“The time frame begins 10 years before ’300′ and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work,” Miller said. “The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than ’300′ in that it involves Xerxes search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.”

Miller added: “With Themistocles I have a character who is almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure. He was nicknamed ‘The Subtle Serpent’ and he always manages to do the exact right things that will result in him benefiting greatly.”

Miller is arguably the most important comic-book artist of the past 25 years, with a shelf of acclaimed works that include “The Dark Knight Returns,” “Sin City” and ”Ronin,” but he finds himself on uncertain ground here in 2010.

After the success of the film versions of ”300″ and “Sin City” (which was co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller), Miller made the unprecedented leap from comics-industry star to director of his own feature film with “The Spirit” in 2008. But that grand adventure ended badly — “The Spirit” was savaged by critics, mocked by peers and ignored by moviegoers — and Miller has yet to bounce back in either medium.

But Miller remains a singular visual talent in the mind of Tull, the founder of Legendary Pictures, which has scored hits with films such as “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover“ and “Clash of the Titans.” Tull said he was a bit in awe during a recent visit to Miller’s studio in New York to get an early peek at “Xerxes,” but he also walked in with a healthy skepticism about revisiting the “300″ universe.

“We’ve said since the beginning that we’re not just going to do some prequel or sequel — a ’301′ — just as some money-grab,” said Tull, a longtime comic fans. “We said if it was a story that was good and it came from Frank and it was organic, that’s the only way it could and would happen. So we’ll see where this leads.”

The first film pulled in $456 million in worldwide box office off a $67-million budget, and its influence could be seen in similar projects, which were as varied as “Clash of the Titans” and the television show “Spartacus.” Not all sword adventures are certain success, of course, as evidenced by “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which is flat-lining in theaters right now (and took heat for its casting of white actors in Middle Eastern roles).

“300″ is remembered for its visual style — Snyder brought an operatic, liquid mayhem to Miller’s drawings of stark battlefields and chiseled warriors. On the page and on the screen, the hyper-real visuals were meant to separate the film from history lessons, Miller said, with overheated personas and bizarre battlefield exaggerations channeling the way outsized Spartan legends were passed on in flickering firelight.

“My intent was misunderstood because in many ways ’300′ was a deliberate propaganda piece. When I work on a story I choose a point of view. For this story, the approach was to tell this story the way the Spartans told it around the campfire. That’s the reason they were fighting against 80-foot elephants and that’s why Xerxes was portrayed as much larger-than-life figure and given these traits that the Spartans would [project on to] their enemies.”

With ‘Xerxes,’ the point of view shifts to the Athenians — and Spartans are in fact mocked often throughout the course of the story, Miller says. With the new vantage point and a wider, deeper portrait of Xerxes, might Miller be apologizing for his earlier actions in the cultural warfare? “That’s nonsense. This is a very different story but when it comes to ’300′ I make no apologies whatsoever.”

Miller said two other characters from “300″ make appearances in “Xerxes”: Ephialtes, the Spartan traitor, plays a part in the tale and there is “a brief appearance by Leonidis,” the Spartan king memorably portrayed by Butler on-screen. (“Leonidis,” Miller says, “has a brief but spirited debate with Themistocles.”) The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of “300.”

“There is an aftermath that is like an extension of ’300′ because ’300′ ended so abruptly with all of them getting mowed down by arrows. I do get into what happened after that and what the entire thing means to Xerxes. Xerxes is a megalomaniac and takes everything as a sign of his godhood. I’ve known people like that.”

As for any Hollywood life for “Xerxes,” Miller said he has no desire to direct or co-direct it and can’t approach his bordered pages as storyboards for a film. “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’s up to Zack and company to make it work as a film.”

After the “Spirit” experience, Miller said he especially enjoyed the imperatives of his old medium and telling stories with a serialized, standalone chapter approach that lends itself to the periodical nature of comic-book publishing.

“It imposes a discipline and structure and, at the very least, there has to be a question asked at the end of each chapter. Or a moment of unbelievable peril or some resolution of some kind. I believe with ‘Xerxes,’ the way I’ve constructed this, I will have all three. We’ll find out.”

– Geoff Boucher

From Collider:
Frank Miller talks Extensively About 300 Follow-Up XERXES

Re: Great interview with Frank Miller...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:00 pm
by TheButcher

Re: Great interview with Frank Miller...

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:13 pm
by TheButcher
From CA:
Don't Ask! Just Buy It! - March 21, 2012: He Didn't Think It Too Many
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This 1986-1987 Frank Miller/Bill Sienkiewicz miniseries might be the most visually impressive thing Marvel has published in the direct-market era--Sienkiewicz at the absolute peak of his form, a phenomenal he-do-the-police-in-different-voices act that constantly shifts its look between and within panels to register changes in perspective and psychological mood. It hasn't been available as a standalone volume in a long time, and there'll be a paperback version out this fall, but $25 gets you this hardcover edition. Sienkiewicz also draws a story in this week's Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1, keeping the Dave Stevens-created franchise going.

Re: Frank Miller's Xerxes

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:52 pm
by TheButcher
Check out this exclusive sneak peek at Frank Miller's 300 prequel
‘Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander’ is due from Dark Horse in 2018

Re: Great interview with Frank Miller...

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:57 pm
by TheButcher
THR OCTOBER 07, 2016:
Frank Miller's New York: The Icon Reveals the Places That Inspire His Work
Aaron Couch wrote:The writer-artist looks back at 'The Dark Knight Returns' and 'Daredevil.'
No comic creator uses the city as a source of inspiration quite like Frank Miller.

His legendary run on Daredevil captured 1980s New York, and the Gotham City of The Dark Knight Returns truly felt like a place that somebody needed to clean up. Most notable of all is Sin City, the acclaimed series that explores how an urban area can shape characters and story.

"They're a perfect vehicle for a radical use of perspective," Miller says of his fascination with cities. "Also they're packed with people. There is a story behind every window."

With New York Comic Con underway, we thought it'd be the perfect time to catch up with Miller to ask him what areas of the city have inspired his work.

Miller, whose Dark Knight III recently was expanded to a ninth issue, says the rooftops of New York are where he feels most inspired. So it's no surprise that a key moment in 1986's The Dark Knight Returns No. 1 drew inspiration from the heights of a famous building.

"The climax takes place at a stylized version of the Chrysler Building, complete with art deco eagle ornaments," Miller says of the showdown, which sees Batman foil a plot by Harvey Dent/Two-Face, with the Dark Knight perching from a gargoyle with a rifle.

Just several years earlier on Daredevil, Miller took inspiration from New York's famed West Side Highway, imagining it as a place Matt Murdock would frequent.

"Early in the run of the series, I made good use of the West Side Highway, with the hero using it as a place to run," Miller recalls. (See below for panels from 1981's Daredevil No. 170.)

Miller also placed the climax of one of his most famous stories beneath the highway. In 1981's Daredevil No. 168, the first appearance of Elektra, Matt reveals his identity to his old love as they overcome a a life-and-death situation together. It's one of the most memorable few panels of Miller's original run, before returning for 1986's "Born Again" storyline.

Miller shares more thoughts on Daredevil and The Dark Knight Returns, as well as Wolverine and Batman: Year One, over at our 100 greatest superhero comics rankings.

For fans at New York Comic Con hoping to catch a glimpse of the master, he will be signing copies of the new Sin City: The Hard Goodbye Curators Collection Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, at booth #1636 at the Javits Convention Center. Admission to the signing will be by wristband only, with wristbands distributed Friday and Saturday mornings by a random drawing in the Dark Horse Comics booth. The new collection comes from scans of the original artwork from the Millers' personal archives, with it reproduced unaltered and at full size.

Re: Great interview with Frank Miller...

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:40 am
by TheButcher

Re: Great interview with Frank Miller...

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:22 am
by Fievel
The man is slowly turning into Freddy Krueger. :shock: