Will DARK KNIGHT III Redeem Frank Miller? Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: November 24, 2015
A confession: I first read THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS while standing in a mall bookstore.
All. Of. It.
You see, this was sometime in late 1986 or early 1987 and I was in college. Buying comics – much less actually reading them – was not considered anything close to being cool. Especially if you were a "jock." What I would do back then is head down to my local mall and read ‘em right of the rack or the magazine shelf; the latter of which these new things called “graphic novels” were kept.
I didn’t actually buy THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS until 1989. Why? Well that's the year it became cool (perhaps for the very first time in history) to read and buy comics...mainly due to this "little" film titled BATMAN which you all may have heard of. Nevertheless, even before 1989 and BATMAN, TDKR had already had a profound impact on me. In fact, along with 1960s BATMAN TV series and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is one of the most significant influences on my personal Batman life.
Looking back, TDKR reenergized my Batman fandom that continues almost 30 years later. TDKR made me start buying Batman comics again after an almost-decade break. More importantly, it was the beginning of me embracing and publicly displaying my love for this character as an adult. Hell, it’s fair to say that there wouldn’t have been BOF without me standing in that mall and reading TDKR. I think of Batman every single day of my life.
Thank you Mr. Miller.
Its sequel, THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN, well, not so much. (And let’s just leave it at that and skip past that whole thing or, perhaps, pretend like it never happened.)
Now, three decades after Frank Miller made Batman history with TDKR he’s set to do it again, sorta, with DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE.
Or, is it they?
While Mr. Miller is, it seems, basically an advisor on this project (Brian Azzarello is handling the main writing chores and Andy Kubert the pencils), he’s still getting a writing and artist credit on the project. Now, how much of the final product did Mr. Miller either help or actually produce is open to conjecture. Regardless, this Batman universe is his playground and DC Comics wouldn’t have returned to it without Mr. Miller’s blessing and cooperation…probably.
DK2 aside (and willingly forgotten by yours truly), I’m very much looking forward to this series to witness firsthand the ultimate fate of the Dark Knight Universe/Frank Miller Bruce Wayne. Even more, I’m hoping that does right by Frank Miller and returns him to the good graces of Batman fans.
We’ll start to find out tomorrow with the release of issue #1…
…and my fingers (and toes) are crossed. - Bill "Jett" Ramey
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