Without The Dark Knight Returns there would be no Dark Knight film trilogy.
The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Miller’s great comic book series from 1986, featuring a 55-year-old Bruce Wayne who breaks his vow to never again put on the cape and cowl after a ten-year absence. Here’s what Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan and co-screenwriter of the Dark Knight films, had to say about it:
For my 13th birthday, Chris buys me a copy of The Dark Knight Returns. This isn’t a comic book — it’s a tear in the space-time continuum, a grime-caked lens through which you can glimpse an entire alternate universe. I don’t know if I should put it on my bookshelf or bury it in the back yard, like a radioactive ember.
I know exactly how he feels. If there was one comic book that led to my becoming a cartoonist — my latest comic book was just reviewed here at PJ Media — it was The Dark Knight Returns. And Miller’s portrayal of The Joker in the book defined the character for me, showing him to be the mass-murdering psychopath that was only hinted at in previous stories.
When we meet The Joker in the story, he’s basically catatonic in Arkham Asylum, that is, until news hits that Batman’s returned. Then in The Dark Knight the late Heath Ledger brought that character to life in a performance so strong that his version of The Joker still has the Internet currently asking and answering the question, “What’s The Joker doing during The Dark Knight Rises?” I’ve read and heard a number of theories, and if The Joker were to have a cameo in the film, here’s what I think would be a good one.
Next: I take a look at the ending of The Dark Knight and why nothing good can be built on a lie.
In the film, High Noon, the bad guy was named Frank Miller and the good guy was named Will Kane. In real life, Frank Miller’s the good guy taking on real life bad guys through his work as a cartoonist. He’s taken on Jihad with HOLY TERROR and he just wrote a piece against the “occupiers” called ANARCHY that has made leftists crazier than usual. To Americans who are sick and tired of the enemy and his leftist enablers, show some support for a man who’s essentially standing alone as Will Kane did in High Noon.
To see my own cartooning work against Jihad and the Occupiers, please visit my blog.
The only thing the “Occupy Wall Street” gang has done in the past month is occupy space and news headlines. Whatever we’re being told about these “occupiers” by their sympathizers, when they get an opportunity to speak for themselves, it’s clear that their “minds” are fully occupied with stealing from the rich to give to themselves — and they want the government to do it for them.
But….this Anti-Occupation Gang has inspired me to create a number of graphics in response to their antics.
7. From “FREEDOM!” to…
Next: An appropriate graphic given the lack of port-o-potties at OWS…