Speaking at a comic book convention in San Francisco at the weekend, Miller, the author of The Dark Knight Returns and the Sin City series, said Batman could ill afford to chase fantasy villains when the real thing was on his doorstep.
“Not to put too fine a point on it, it’s a piece of propaganda,” he said.
“Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That’s one of the things they’re there for.
“These are our folk heroes. I just think it’s silly to have Batman out chasing the Riddler when you’ve got al-Qaida out there.”
Comparing Batman to Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character – a lone urban hero fighting a crime wave – Miller said: “Batman kicks al-Qaida’s ass … I wish the entertainers of our time had the spine and the focus of the ones who faced down Hitler.”
In the book, Holy Terror, Batman is “a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we’re up against”, the author said.
Miller, 49, is credited with rejuvenating the Batman series when he returned the character to his dark roots in the Dark Knight Returns in the 1980s. He is one of the most successful graphic novelists, and last year turned to film, co-directing the adaptation of his graphic novel series Sin City.
Miller has drawn 120 pages of the 200-page graphic novel. There is no completion date.
Very interesting. Note, first of all, that Miller tells us EXACTLY what this is. Good. Very honest. Note also that Batman didn’t get in on all that Hitler action. For that reason alone, I’m willing to mostly ignore this “story”. With Miller at the helm, the plot of the graphic novel may even be pretty good. Probably not, mind you, but maybe.