What If…Batman Fought bin Laden

From Frank Miller's Dark Knight Strikes Again


Leave it to the excellent Douglas Wolk to remind us of one of the downsides to Osama bin Laden’s demise: that it renders moot Frank Miller’s planned Batman Versus bin Laden comic.  Although to be more accurate, Miller himself had second-thoughts about that idea and is still working on a superhero comic, sans Batman, about the “War on Terror.” Still, perhaps some other cartoonist can do an imaginary story where Batman dukes it out with Osama.

Frank Miller, I should add, was one of the considerable number of Americans who were, understandably but regrettably, unhinged by the events of 9/11.  The crackpot classicist and armchair military analyst
Victor Hanson Davis formed a mutual admiration society with Miller. Dennis Miller and Christopher Hitchens were also of this company of the temporarily addled. Perhaps one of the welcome side effects of killing bin Laden will be a partial restoration of sanity.

4 thoughts on “What If…Batman Fought bin Laden

  1. I have no leg to stand on here since I was a member of that illustrious company for some time, but the funny thing in Frank’s case is that his initial response, a three-panel comic in one of the 9/11 Artists Respond books, was one of the angriest, most cynical, bluntest, and best responses to the entire bloody affair:

    That said, no matter what side I’ve been on, I’ve never had much of a problem with the notion of a superhero comic in which a superhero roughs up some terrorists. Why not?

  2. Hi Sean,
    Thanks for reminding me of Miller’s 9/11 piece. My problem with superheroes fighting terrorists is aesthetic rather than political, actually. The superhero comics I like — Eisner’s The Spirit, Beck’s Captain Marvel, much of Kirby’s work — tends to be a bit more fantastic, fairytale like, or allegorical, dealing with real world issues in a slightly skewed or ironic way.

  3. I’ve crunched the numbers over on my blog, and it doesn’t surprise me that this project has been in the pipeline for so long, and would be willing to bet that Miller’s artistic output will be slim to nil for the remainder of his career.

    At this point, the money DC pays him probably pales in comparison with the money he can make from the sale of artwork associated with any project he takes on. All of the future comic books we see from Frank Miller will essentially serve as promotional vehicles for the sale of original art.

    Not — I should add, that there is anything wrong with that. I’m sure trying to scratch out a living doing Daredevil in the early eighties (when he was a relative unknown) probably wasn’t a picnic in Central Park.

    It’s nice to see more of your work online, and congrats on the new addition to the Heer family!

  4. The new book is actually a reworking, a de-Batmanizing, of the existing story, along with completion.

    Bat ear removal is involved.

    He’s also doing his Xerxes book, which was previewed in the new DHP.

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