In honor of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," I thought I would talk about "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and how the two may be connected. For those of you who don't know, a lot of "Batman v Superman" is said to be originiated from "The Dark Knight Returns." When the sequel to "Man of Steel" was said to include Batman, a line from "The Dark Knight Returns" was read. Hinting towards the ultimate fight that Batman and Superman would take part in.
"I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you."
"The Dark Knight Returns" is a very interesting concept. Batman, voiced by Peter Weller, has retired. He now sits at home sipping at a glass of liquor, skipping over the news channels that discuss the increase in Gotham's crime and suffering through the nightmares that remind him of his parents. It's hard to watch this side of Batman, he is too old to take on the villains who are still in their prime and knowing this has sent him into a darker place than I've ever seen before.
I have never given the comics a chance. I'm a movie guy, but I am a dork and enjoy my share of comic book adaptions. So when I say a dark place, I'm comparing this to other live-action Batman movies. Either way, it's an interesting take and I wonder if they'll use that kind of take in "Batman v Superman." I know that director Zack Snyder has developed an older Batman who may or may not be in retirement. This older take on Batman will allow Snyder to pull scenarios from "The Dark Knight Returns." Such as the Bruce Wayne that is haunted by the nightmares of things that he has done and seen.
Furthermore, in the animated film the Dark Knight decides he must return when a gang-army makes threats on national television to kill commisioner James Gordon, voiced by David Selby, and take over Gotham. Bruce finally puts on the mask again to take down this army before they kill hundreds of people throughout the city. In the process, Batman also encounters a few of his past enemies. That is something else that I heavily enjoyed. At the start of the two-part film, most of Batman's enemies were imprisioned or in pysch-wards. It was obvious that they would eventually escape and play a larger role in the film, but it was interesting to see them within that setting. Typically the movie ends once the bad guy is either killed or thrown in jail, we never get to see how they respond to the prison surroundings.
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