At this year's San Diego Comic Con, Entertainment Weekly hosted a panel called The Visionaries: Filmmakers. On that panel were Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow, Zach Snyder, and Frank Miller.
When a member of the audience asked Miller what TV shows and movies inspired him and his own work, Miller had this to say:
“It’s a really long list that would include everything from old ‘Gunsmoke’ episodes to ‘Astro-Boy’ to ‘Citizen Kane’ so I can’t name them all.”So there you have it. Frank Miller was inspired by Astro Boy. It really shouldn't come as a big surprise, since Miller has been a proponent for Japanese manga since way before it was ever popular in the West. But still, it's pretty cool that, out of all the things he could have said, he specifically mentioned Astro Boy. You can think about that next time you read 300 or Sin City, I guess.
Thanks to Comic Book Resources.
I would be remiss if I did not include, just for fun, a link to this Shortpacked comic.