'Sin City' Creator Wants to Write Captain America

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<p> LONDON - DECEMBER 04: Director Frank Miller attends The Spirit launch party at the Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street,&nbsp; on December 4, 2008 in London, England.&nbsp;</p>   |   Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Frank Miller tells fans that the character "features values that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time."

Having already redefined Daredevil for Marvel and Batman for DC in the 1980s — and then creating Sin City for himself in the 1990s before going on to bring that series to the big screen — Frank Miller has a new superhero he wants to tackle. But is Marvel prepared to hand over Captain America to the controversial creator?

Miller revealed his ambition during a Reddit AMA to promote the second Sin City movie on Wednesday. When asked which comic hero he’d like to write for, he replied “I get back to Captain America, because I find him such a wonderful anachronism,” in addition to being a character that “features virtues that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time.” He continued, “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.”

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Miller’s own reaction to 9/11 was to create what would eventually become Holy Terror, a graphic novel in which a superhero called “The Fixer” fought Muslim terrorists. Originally intended as a Batman graphic novel, the title was published by Legendary Entertainment’s comic book imprint to much critical complaint; the journalist Spencer Ackerman summed up popular response to the book when he described it as “a screed against Islam, completely uninterested in any nuance or empathy, [that] ignores practically everything about the actual strategic situation the United States is in.”

Asked by a fan about whether Marvel would be interested in working with Miller on any Captain America project, the company’s executive editor Tom Brevoort replied by writing “We’d certainly be interested in the abstract, depending on what story he’d want to tell,” adding “I don’t think, for example, we’d have gone ahead with Holy Terror as a Captain America story.”

Perhaps it’s time for Miller to look at whether or not the rights to Fighting American are available …