Frank Miller is best known as the man who redefined Daredevil, deconstructed Batman, and created Sin City. However, his comic book output over the past decade has been sporadic at best. In the mid-2000’s there was All-Star Batman and Robin, which was a head-scratching odyssey into profanity and prostitution. And his latest graphic novel, Holy Terror, began as a Batman book, but it eventually morphed into its own entity at Legendary Comics.
Although neither book was well received, that isn’t stopping Miller from thinking about pumping out more comics, and during today’s Reddit AMA, the writer was asked which character he would still like to write. Here is his response:
Oooh. That’s a tough one. It changes a lot. Sometimes I love minor characters like the Flash or The Atom, he’s a hero who gets small, atomic sized, if he wants to. They’ve all funky powers that serve them well, same way they all run around in their underwear. They’ve done all the ones I like the best. I love what they’ve done with Iron Man, I love what they’ve done with Captain America. Captain America would probably be the one I would most want to do.
Miller actually did write Captain America, albeit briefly, during the “Born Again” storyline in Daredevil. But he never had a prolonged run on the character. Miller expanded upon his answer when asked a similar question later on:
Again, I get back to Captain America, because I find him such a wonderful anachronism. And also, I feel that he features virtues that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time. Especially at a time when the country is so clearly threatened, a hero like that is outstanding. I remember telling people at Marvel, just a few days after 9/11, that I hoped they realized what they had there, because Captain America’s reaction to 9/11 would have been pretty direct.
Miller’s Holy Terror was heavily criticized for its perceived anti-Islamist propaganda. It seems that a Captain America book by Miller might also feature patriotism that borders on pure jingoism, which likely wouldn’t sit well with the global company Marvel has become. Still, there is little doubt that Miller’s Captain America would fly off the shelves, even if it was out of morbid curiosity.