With the release of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 next week, Frank Miller is doing the rounds of promo, including interviews at Newsarama and Vulture. And they are chock full of shocking surprises.
• Although at previous press events Miller was deferential to his DKIII co-writer Brian Azzarello, saying “He’s the one working on it” in these interviews he’s way more forthright. “It is in Brian Azzarello’s hands right now, and I thoroughly applaud what he’s doing. But now that he’s doing his, it’s now a four-part series,” he told Newsarama.
• That right there will be a DKIV, and Miller will write and draw it. DKIII is just setting it up. ” I’ll read what Brian’s doing, and I will respond to that. I know what he’s doing and I applaud him completely, and I can’t wait to get started on my next book.”
• Miller also notes that the Master Race title was DC’s call. “That was generated by them. But my call is the fourth one. It’s got me all excited again, so I wanna get back to it.”
So you have a DKIII that is not really written or drawn by Frank Miller but has his name in the credits. Azzarello has previously stated that he spent a lot of time with Miller working on the story so Miller backing off a bit is a surprise at this point. But, the FOC orders are in so DC is probably not hurting too much.
As for DKIV: Miller is apparently drawing all the time, with results such as the above cover of Wonder Woman drawn as a poster for the Brazilian show CCXP, and colored by Alex Sinclair. You can judge for yourself whether a DK IV drawn in this style would be of interest. My answer: Yes.
In the interview cycle thus far’s biggest shocker, Miller reveals that far from a hardened right winger, he’s actually a libertarian who Voted for Hillary.
Are you anti-gun?
Well, I’m a hunter, so I’m not anti-gun in that sense. But I am anti-gun when it comes to actually using them on people. You’ve gotta keep in mind that I voted for Hillary Clinton for president, so I can’t be too pro-gun.
Did you really vote for Hillary Clinton?
I have. And I will again, when she gets the nomination next time.
Perhaps this ties in with the strong female characters that Miller has long been interested in.
Miller will be the guest of honor at CCXP, following a successful guest appearance at the recent Paris Comic-Con, so despite rumors of ill health last year, he’s well enough to travel and have a good time. So more Frank Miller every which way! That should be good news….right?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.