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Batman then asks Commissioner Gordon to allow the Leader to escape from jail and draws him to a mud-hole, where the Dark Knight finally defeats him in front of the other mutants. A number of the Mutants accept Batman as their leader and take the name 'the Sons of Batman'; the remainder splinter into small gangs. Batman's greatest nemesis, the Joker, re-emerges after having been catatonic for 10 years, his catatonia breaking when he discovers that Batman has returned to Gotham.

He convinces the doctors at Arkham Asylum that he is sane and deserves to be released. Once free, he appears on a late night talk show as a PR stunt. When Batman shows up, he is forced to battle the police force while the Joker releases a cloud of Joker venom on the audience and escapes, and Batman and Robin chase after him.

The Joker heads to Selina Kyle's place, and forces her now running an escort service to plant special lipstick with the power of suggestion on two of her prostitutes, who are being sent as escorts for a congressman and the governor. As a result of the Joker's actions, the congressman commits suicide, but Commissioner Yindel, due to Batman's warning, saves the governor.

The Joker then beats her and dresses her up as Wonder Woman. He caps off his rampage by killing a group of 16 Cub Scouts and planting a bomb on a fairway; Robin defuses the bomb. Batman chases after the Joker as they run through the fair; during the chase the Joker kills several people and Batman manages to gouge one of the Joker's eyes. Eventually, the two confront each other, ironically, in the tunnel of love.

Despite being stabbed several times during their struggle, an enraged Batman finally breaks the Joker's neck, but stops short of killing him.

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Taunting Batman as a coward, Joker twists his head until the remainder of his spine snaps, committing suicide in order to frame Batman for murder. The Sons of Batman have become vigilantes, maintaining law and order with force. Batman decides to train them to fight crime with non-lethal methods.

Meanwhile, a Russian built nuke goes off, blocking out the sun and shutting off electronics in the US. Batman and the Sons restore order in Gotham, but soon, the Government dispatches Superman to take down Batman, as he undermines their authority. However, Oliver Queen, the former Green Arrow, who is now a one-armed revolutionary, warns Batman of the Government's plans. Batman begins preparing for his battle against Superman and is equipped with a powerful suit of armor, sonic blaster, a mysterious pill and synthetic Kryptonite which he had spent years developing.

Batman and Superman engage in a powerful battle, and, when Queen shoots Superman using an arrowhead loaded with Batman's synthetic Kryptonite, Batman emerges the winner. However, Batman dies of a heart attack shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, Alfred Pennyworth detonates bombs that he and Batman had deliberately planted in the Batcave for just this purpose, and destroys Wayne Manor.

Alfred suffers a stroke and dies almost immediately afterward. Bruce Wayne's secret identity as Batman quickly becomes public knowledge, but his accounts have been emptied and his stocks and funds have already been sold. His body was claimed by "a distant cousin, his only living relative" which is actually Carrie Kelly in disguise. With the Batcave and Wayne Manor destroyed, there is no solid evidence as to how he carried out his dual lives, or of Batman's methods.

At the funeral, Superman hears a heart beat inside the coffin and, after looking at Carrie, winks at her and leaves.

Carrie later digs up Bruce's body and it is revealed that he faked his death with the pill. Bruce Wayne now begins a new life, leading Robin, Green Arrow, and his new army through unexplored tunnels beyond the Batcave, preparing for a new war against the corrupt government. Characters Batman , aka Bruce Wayne, 55 years old.

He gave up the Batman identity ten years past, strongly hinted as a reaction to the death of the former Robin, Jason Todd. But when he sees violence running rampant and his personal demons can no longer be denied, he is forced to return.

Alfred Pennyworth , Wayne's trusted butler and assistant, now in his 80's. He dies of a stroke at the end of the book. Robin , aka Carrie Kelley, 13 years old. She becomes Robin, and is accepted by the Batman after saving his life. With the help of Selina Kyle , Batman and Robin track him to a county fair while evading a police pursuit led by Yindel. There, they realize that he is already making attempts to kill fairgoers. Batman defeats the Joker in a bloody confrontation, which ends when the Joker commits suicide by breaking his own spine to incriminate Batman for murder.

After another confrontation with the Gotham police , Batman escapes with the help of Robin and a citywide manhunt begins. Superman diverts a Soviet nuclear warhead which detonates in a desert, nearly killing himself in the process. The United States is hit by an electromagnetic pulse as a result and descends into chaos during the resulting blackout.

In Gotham, Batman realizes what has happened, and he and Robin turn the remaining Mutants and Sons of the Batman into a non-lethal vigilante gang. He leads them against looters and ensures the flow of essential supplies. In the midst of the blackout, Gotham becomes the safest city in the country.

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Oliver Queen predicts to Wayne that the government lackey Superman and the maverick Batman will have a final confrontation. Superman demands to meet Batman. Knowing he may die, Wayne chooses Crime Alley , where he first became Batman. He relies on Superman's weakness caused by near-death in the nuclear blast Superman only just managed to survive by absorbing the energy of the sun, but he is still vulnerable to attack. Superman tries to reason with Batman, but Batman uses his technological inventions and mastery of hand-to-hand combat to fight him on equal grounds.

During the battle, Superman compromises Batman's exoframe , while Queen shoots a kryptonite -tipped arrow to greatly weaken Superman. Batman reveals that he intentionally spared Superman's life by not using a more powerful kryptonite mix; the fight and near-death experience was meant as a warning to Superman to stay out of Batman's way.

Before he can fully defeat Superman, Batman suddenly has a heart attack, apparently dying.

Alfred destroys the Batcave and Wayne Manor before dying of a stroke, exposing Batman as Bruce Wayne, whose fortune has disappeared.

After Wayne's funeral, it is revealed that his death was staged using his own chemical concoction that can suspend his vital life signs. Clark Kent attends the funeral and winks at Robin after hearing Wayne's heartbeat resume.

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Some time afterward, Bruce Wayne leads Robin, Queen, and the rest of his followers into the caverns beyond the Batcave and prepares to continue his war on crime. Since the s, when the Comics Code Authority was established, the character of Batman had drifted from his dark, violent 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 violent 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".

The issues of The Dark Knight Returns were presented in packaging that included extra pages, square binding and glossy paper to highlight the watercolor paintings by colorist Lynn Varley. Despite the cost of the single-issue packaging, The Dark Knight Returns sold well. 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".

Retrospectively, the series is today widely considered one of the greatest works in the comics medium. The series also garnered some negative reviews.

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. 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. The Dark Knight Returns was one of the two comic books, alongside Watchmen , that inspired designer Vincent Connare when he created the Comic Sans font.

The Master Race , co-written by Miller and Brian Azzarello , was published approximately bi-monthly starting in late Frank Miller has said he is working on a fourth series. The Last Crusade, which serves as a prequel to the original series, was released on June 15, 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.

In , to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the graphic novel, DC released a new hardcover and a later softcover release. These included original rough script text for issue 4 with some sketches by Miller. There was also a limited edition slip cased hardcover that had mini poster prints, separate media review and sketch book by Miller.

It was released in full size and then later as a mini sized statue. Later, a Batman and Joker Gift Set was released, including both characters with new color schemes to reflect earlier points in the story, and a page prestige format reprint of The Dark Knight Returns 1 was also released.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the animated adaptation, see Batman: The Dark Knight Returns film. See also: Dorling Kindersley.

It is arguably the best Batman story of all time. The Dark Knight revolutionized the entire genre of the super hero. CS1 maint: Extra text: Bryan Hitch's Ultimate Comics Studio.

Impact Books. Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 17, In this context, Batman and his allies both old superheroes and young former street gangsters are violent and morally ambiguous freedom fighters attempting to subvert the totalitarian government.

This idea anticipates the outcome of the process of generic contamination, namely the suspicion that the anti hero himself might be a terrorist. In an interview, Miller describes how the attacks directly influenced the creative process. I hit the bricks. The author is here referring to two passages of the second chapter, which once again uncannily anticipate near-future historical events.

In the latter, a robot-monster controlled by Brainiac razes Gotham City in order to lure Batman out of his hideout. This particular sequence employs a confusing and expressionist artstyle to convey the hectic sense of urban catastrophe DKSA, Although the newly elected at the time president is not portrayed, Republican cabinet members like Donald Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense and John Ashcroft Attorney General are ridiculed as inept and moralist.

As libertarian, Miller employs the satirical cartoon mode to voice his concern about the alleged liberticidal drift, while his judgment on Batman becomes increasingly ambiguous. The way things were, our old on power was more tenuous than it appeared. The graphic novel literally ends with an interrogative, i. Therefore, HT remains true to its declared nature of propaganda comic, portraying enemies as racialized, grotesque caricatures see Darius a — even though well-organized as literally underground secret society of infiltrates.

HT explores and expands the strategies elaborated by the antecedents in the representation of urban catastrophe. In addition, Miller overload the pages with nails, razorblades, debris, rain, even fingerprints. The events are constantly interrupted by variously caricatural close-ups of real-world politicians all the major heads of states are depicted , political commentators, and common people.

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In stark contrast with the other two texts, however, those faces are not given speech captions or balloons. Their muteness epitomises the monological approach of the narrative, by which the role and actions of the antihero are not to be discussed or contested. Whereas the other two works open up to negotiation and dialogue, even through the lens of satire, HT articulates a Machiavellian necessity through an unchallenged, disturbingly ultraviolent anti-hero.

Besides that, the title situates the novel at the core of a meaningful intertextual nexus: among several texts titled in that way, we can in fact identify a dystopian novel by H. Something missing. That this seemingly ordered world of laws and logic and reason is nothing but a shroud. A chimera. A mask. But every once in a long while, the mask falls away.

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Every once in a long while, the whole world makes perfect sense. The world reveals itself. I am peace. All these words express the ontological uncertainty of apocalyptic fiction, as in H. Well, the strike is over now. Events are not in strike any more. The soliloquy is here further disarticulated by the actual division in text boxes, which fragment the pace of the staccato prose glaring examples can be found in TDKR, 39, or in the whole opening sequence of HT.

While classic hard-boiled narratives only present a single autodiegetic narrator, i. The authors scrutinise the state of the genre they feel they belong in, both lamenting the artificiality which detaches the narratives from the real world. Chandler in fact claims If it started out to be about real people [ When they did unreal things, they ceased to be real themselves. Thomson 63 emphasis added This complex dialectic between realism and fictionality is most visible in the representation of the spatial dimension.

As Miller suggests, By portraying the city in somewhat more realistic terms, and showing much more than I ever have of the way I think things actually happen in society, and why they happen, I want to show that the idea is good and strong and valuable. Miller in Thomson They were not afraid of the seamy side of things; they lived there.

Violence did not dismay them; it was right down their street. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero, he is everything.

He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. This dualism mirrors the dialectic between superhero and civilian persona, while placing the character in an interstitial position. In Miller scenarios, the Dark Knight is in fact repeatedly beaten, wounded and harmed, and his body displayed in an almost fetishist manner.

Subverting the cartoonish violence of classic superheroic tales, in which blood and serious injuries were absent, the hero progressively shows the impact of his anti-crime crusade. In particular, in DKSA , the battered face of the hero becomes a grotesque mask that renders him almost unrecognisable.

He misdirected every squad car in town. Furthermore, this conflict serves as microcosm for the relationship between the P. Tonight, I am the law. Thus, the ethical tension is resolved by the hero appropriating the same mind-set and attitudes of the terrorists he opposes. In other words, by the hero becoming a terrorist himself. Best part of the job.

The archetype in fact shares with the culturally-received notion of terrorists several traits, like the need for secrecy and secret identities, and the disposition towards conspiracy. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts.

We are thus presented with a moral aporia, an impasse that at least in the first two graphic novels prevents from formulating a clear judgment.

We make it sound like we all leaped to our feet and went after the Axis on the spot. Hell, we were scared. Rumors were flying, we thought the Japanese had taken California. Almost overnight, we had our army.Custagliola D. Despite the cost of the single-issue packaging, The Dark Knight Returns sold well. In Gotham, Batman realizes what has happened, and he and Robin turn the remaining Mutants and Sons of the Batman into a non-lethal vigilante gang.

He lost his left arm years ago and has a grudge against Superman because of that. Batman and Carrie infiltrate their ranks and spread a rumor that the Leader wants an assembly. Nosferatu Batman: Characters Batman , aka Bruce Wayne, 55 years old. S sMl: Since the s, when the Comics Code Authority was established, the character of Batman had drifted from his dark, violent roots. The Long Halloween Batman:

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