Episode 4 – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Dark_knight_returns In this episode, “Miller March” kicks off with a bang as Curt and Kevin don their surgical scrubs to dissect Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, writer/artist Frank Miller’s celebrated deconstruction of everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader.

Gotham City is an operating table, and Batman … is the surgeon. But can this alternate-future take on DC Comics’ Dark Knight Detective, built like a brick house and meaner than a pack of junkyard dogs, fight off hordes of mutant gangsters and depraved psychopaths to rule the mean streets of comic-book supremacy known as … The Comics Canon?

Things discussed in this episode:

  • The pro-vigilante stance of pretty much every superhero comic ever published
  • Batman: The Monster Movie
  • The “Hitler mustache” and sandals = an unsympathetic character
  • James Gordon: Worst police commissioner ever?
  • The prevalence of end-of-the-world street protesters in ’80s comics
  • The Joker as David Bowie
  • Superman, the Straw Man of Steel!
  • Curt sounds off on fan reaction to Batman v Superman trailers
  • And we get our first iTunes review!

Things NOT discussed in this episode:

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race

Join us in two weeks as we somersault across the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen to reach a verdict in the case of The Comics Canon v. Daredevil: Born Again!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

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