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Oliver Queen : After superheroes are outlawed, Queen, now in his late fifties, undertakes a clandestine rebellion against government oppression, including the sinking of a nuclear submarine. He lost his left arm, for which he blames Superman. Despite this disability, Queen is still a highly skilled marksman.


In his inner thoughts he despises being a government tool, but he believes it is the only way he can save lives in this day and age.

Appearing in his thirties, because of his Kryptonian physique, his aging process is slower than his former allies', which is one of the reasons of why he no longer able to hide his secret identity. In the final climax, Superman battles Batman in a final attempt to rid the government of his opposition, but is weakened by a Kryptonite arrow fired by Queen, allowing an armored Batman to stand up to him.

Lana Lang : The managing editor of the Daily Planet who is an outspoken supporter of Batman, appearing on a series of TV debates in which she argues with others over his methods and influence.

Dave Endochrine: A late night talk show host who invites the Joker and Dr. Wolper on his show; he and his audience are later killed by the Joker's poisonous gas. He is a characterization of David Letterman. Bruno: The leader of a group of Nazi -inspired criminals.

Working for the Joker, she battles Batman and Robin but is caught by Superman. Abner: Joker's hulking henchman. He builds two robotic dolls, Bobbie and Mary, to kill the Joker's TV audience; he later attempts to kill Robin at a funfair but is decapitated by a roller coaster instead.

Sons of Batman S. They have become followers of Batman since the defeat of the Mutant Leader, although they are too unruly and corrupt, taking severe measures to control the streets and even Batman. They end up following Batman for good intentions instead of bad. Background and creation[ edit ] Comic creator Frank Miller at the San Diego Comic-Con International Since the s, when the Comics Code Authority was established, the character of Batman had drifted from his darker, more serious roots.

It was not until the s when the character began to feature in darker stories once again; however, Batman was still commonly associated with the campy theme of the s Batman TV series , and as a father figure to Robin rather than the vigilante he was introduced as. Giordano said he worked with Miller on the story's plot, and said, "[t]he version that was finally done was about his fourth or fifth draft.

The basic storyline was the same but there were a lot of detours along the way. Each page was composed of either a combination of 16 panels, or anywhere between sixteen and one panel per page. Comics historian Les Daniels wrote that Miller's idea of ignoring deadlines was "the culmination of the quest towards artistic independence".

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Time said the series' depiction of a "semi-retired Batman [who] is unsure about his crime-fighting abilities" was an example of trying to appeal to "today's skeptical readers". Slayton wrote, "[t]here is no central plot to the comic, leaving only a forced fight scene between Superman and Batman as an out of place climax to the story.

Influence[ edit ] Miller signing a copy of the book during a appearance at Midtown Comics The immense popularity of The Dark Knight Returns served both to return the character of Batman to a central role in pop culture, but also along with Watchmen started the era known as the Dark Age of Comic Books also known as the Modern Age and the Iron Age.

The grim, seedy versions of Gotham and Batman successfully updated the character's identity from the campy Adam West version remembered from the s Batman TV series , and proved critically and commercially successful enough that a new wave of "dark" superheroes were either created, repopularized, or revamped altogether to fit this new trend.

Frank Miller has said he is working on a fourth series. In , this version of Batman appeared in the Zero Hour: Crisis in Time crossover event playing a small role. In March , he would also appear in a brief cameo in the sixth and final issue of the Dark Nights: Metal event. Freeze going so far as speaking the sentence "The Dark Knight returns" upon meeting his nemesis. In the season 2 episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!

See also: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns film Tim Burton 's film Batman takes influence from the third book in the series, when Batman and the Joker have a fight to the death in the climax. In the film Batman Forever , director Joel Schumacher uses some references of the comic: when Bruce remembers falling into the cave as a kid, and in a deleted scene when GNN News makes a bad reputation of Batman after his fight with Two Face in Gotham Subway and before when he follows Two Face in a helicopter.

After the cancellation of Batman Unchained , Schumacher proposed an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, which Warner considered during their attempts to revamp the character. However, the project was finally cancelled in favor of the also shelved Batman: DarKnight.

Batman film franchise producer Michael Uslan expressed interest in a possible adaptation. Also, the "copycats" in TDK are influenced by the "sons of Batman". Bruce decides to return as Batman when he realizes that The League of Shadows has returned to Gotham; Bruce uses a special brace for his arm to compensate his frail physicality. While in the film, Bruce uses a brace to support his damaged leg; During a police chase, two cops witness Batman's unexpected return.

The older cop comments to his younger partner, "You're in for a show, kid"; The fight between Batman and Bane was influenced by the two separate fights between Batman and the Mutant Leader. Due to years of inactivity, Batman fails to beat the Mutant Leader and gets badly beaten. Next to his suit he has his headquarters called the Batcave, which lies underneath Wayne Manor. In it are not only the countless suits but also a lot of high-tech gadgetry and different Batvehicles see Greenberger, Size and look of the cave and the vehicles also differ from one publication to another.

One of the most interesting things about Batman is that he lacks any kind of superpower that defines most other superheroes. He is described as very intelligent and in near perfect physical condition but neither his intellect nor his physical capabilities exceed human boundaries.

However he has sworn never to use a firearm, as his parents were killed by one. What he lacks in superpowers he makes up for with his state-of-the-art equipment, often designed with the help of Wayne Enterprises see Greenberger, Batman's relationship with the law changes over time.

One constant has always been police commissioner James Gordon. When Batman first appears in Gotham City he is hunted by the police - including Gordon.

After a while Gordon learns that Batman can be trusted and they slowly establish a friendship. Gordon, however, never gets to know the identity of Batman see Greenberger, pp. But DKR has belatedly been marked as a part of Elseworlds7, basically meaning that it is not in line with the official Batman storyline. From his first tentative steps as a crime fighter in which political correctness did not play that much of a role and where he killed his adversaries at least once in a while See Kane, p.

One can not measure all versions of Batman by the same yardstick and so this paper focusses on the version of Batman that is also known as the Dark Knight. There is no official definition of the Dark Knight so I will define it for myself and this paper. The Dark Knight is the more sinister, serious and angry interpretation of what Batman could be like.

In many ways it is also the more realistic approach which reaches its most realistic point with the movies Batman Begins and The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan. In my opinion the Dark Knight has been invented by Frank Miller. From that point on nearly all following interpretations of Batman - be it in film or in literature - were at least partially inspired by Miller's approach. Joel Schumacher's attempt to make Batman campier again and to return to the style that was featured in the ies TV-Series turned out to be a big failure.

Christopher[7] Nolan's return to a more sinister and believable Batman proved to be a good decision. The Dark Knight currently has a rating of 8. This paper will mainly focus on the Batman of his first appearance as the Dark Knight in DKR but refer to other publications where appropriate and necessary. This probably happened because it would have changed the official storyline in a too dramatic way: Due to the death of his second Robin[8], Jason Todd, Bruce Wayne decided to retire as Batman.

Ten years later he is still retired when a brutal gang called the Mutants terrorize Gotham City during an immense heat wave. The police seem to be unable to stop the Mutants. Bruce Wayne once again reprises his role as Batman to fight the gang. At the same time Harvey Dent - a former District Attorney, whose one side of the face got destroyed by an attack with acid and who became known as Two-Face - is released from Gotham's high security prison Arkham Asylum after a surgeon reconstructed his face and a psychiatrist considered him also mentally recovered.

Still he becomes Two-Face once again and threatens to blow up the twin towers the two highest towers of Gotham City. Batman stops him and discovers that Harvey Dent is only physically recovered but in his mind still Two-Face.

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Meanwhile police commissioner James Gordon is becoming seventy years old and has to retire. His replacement is a young woman called Ellen Yindel, who is a fierce critic of Batman and promises to arrest him.

When Batman confronts the Mutants on their meeting ground at the city dump he gets badly injured by the much younger and much stronger leader of the Mutants his name is never mentioned.

Carrie Kelly, a young girl uncared for by her parents has her mind set on becoming the new Robin and saves Batman before the Mutant leader can murder him. Despite having lost the fight they still manage to imprison the mutant leader. After he threatens to unleash his gang on the city the mayor tries to negotiate with him and gets brutally murdered.

In a complex plan James Gordon, Batman and the new Robin let the leader of the Mutants escape prison and Batman fights and defeats him in front of the other Mutants. Some Mutants accept Batman as their new leader and call themselves the Sons of Batman. It's kinda ugly. Put your pitchforks down! Anyway, I ended up finally giving in, giving up, and giving TDKR a fair shot, sigh because my teenage son wanted to read it. Which, maybe wouldn't have been enough to turn the tide all by itself, but right around the same time serendipity?

And then bug me till I read it. Plus, after my son got done with it, he basically shoved it at me while making all these weird squealing fanboy noises. I read it.

And I really enjoyed it!

Not me, that's for sure. I assumed this would probably go down as one of those comics that I had to read, but didn't really like. Sure, sureThe Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel. Guberman, Voir and Ross Mitchell It has displaced Communism as public enemy number one, although there are frequent efforts to tie the two together. According to McAfee It is here argued that two powerful and recognizable narratives, terrorism and the hardboiled novel, provide the ground for this subversive, Nietzschean refashioning.

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