What OTHER elements from The Dark Knight Returns could we see?

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  1. smallville fan

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    Ok, so we know about that infamous quote and antagonistic encounter/fight between Superman and Batman etc

    What other stuff could we see potentially carry over? Either thematically, plot-wise, symbolically etc etc

    For example, could we see Batman drive a tank? Could we also see him in that armor? Could we see the media and news-people as seen in the animated movie/comic?

    You get the idea.
     
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  2. SpideyFan866

    SpideyFan866 Well-Known Member

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    Well. There's a few key elements that I expect to be used:


    1) Batman will be a veteran, having already been Batman for a some time.

    2) Batman will be a wanted vigilante.

    And

    3) Superman will have aligned himself with the government.
     
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    David Endocrine
     
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  4. shauner111

    shauner111 Well-Known Member

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    Superman's not going to be anything like Frank Miller's version. He wont be working with the government like that.

    As for the tank? The tumbler was pretty much Nolan's nod to that tank. Ill say that Affleck's Batman will drive a more traditional batmobile.

    I don't think anything will be carried over from TDKReturns other than Batman being older (in his 40s instead of his 50s though) and the potential fight with Superman.

    Everything else will be a new story. A good chunk of Returns was used in The Dark Knight Rises so it wouldn't be wise to use too much other than the final act with Superman.
     
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  5. Steyin

    Steyin Bidding you ADIEU!

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    Hopefully none as it is my most hated comic.
     
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  6. Rorschach2012

    Rorschach2012 I'll Cancel the Pizzas

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    Your most hated comic? It's controversial, especially if you're a Superman fan, but it's a great story.

    I hope they take more inspiration from Hush and TLH for Batman
     
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  7. Eddie Dean

    Eddie Dean Mr. Jackpots

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    Batman on a mother****in' horse.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Senator Pleasury

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    Finally!
     
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  9. Dk1201

    Dk1201 Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree I am not a Miller fan sorry

    THIS
     
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  10. Rorschach2012

    Rorschach2012 I'll Cancel the Pizzas

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    I always liked how Batman looked on a dark horse. A proper black knight.
     
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  11. shauner111

    shauner111 Well-Known Member

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    Hush is overrated and Long Halloween has been done enough with TDK.

    They need to look to the stories that Nolan didn't touch. I don't mind the last part of Returns as long as it's just the Superman stuff, but they really need to move away from the Nolanverse. That's the whole point of rebooting an entire franchise, so you do something drastically different from what came before. Even down to its influences.
     
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  12. random_havoc

    random_havoc The Golden Guardian

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    There are some comics I hate more, but yeah I agree Dark Knight Returns is utter garbage. From art to story to everything else. Garbage.
     
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  13. Eddie Dean

    Eddie Dean Mr. Jackpots

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    Frank Miller's art is not garbage. It's stylized and you may not like it, but his art is not garbage.
     
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  14. shauner111

    shauner111 Well-Known Member

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    How could one of the most influential, if not THE most influential Batman story to emerge since the 80's, which paved the way to so much...be "utter garbage"??? :doh:
     
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  15. Rorschach2012

    Rorschach2012 I'll Cancel the Pizzas

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    They took some story elements from TLH sure, but the portrayal of Batman was pretty different. The Nolan Batman was too realistic. If they're going for a more comics oriented and less realistic Batman, the perfect place to start looking is Hush and TLH, same with Court of Owls.
     
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  16. Batmannerism

    Batmannerism Super-unknown

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    Just to jump on the bandwagon....DKR is probably THE ultimate Batman
    story. That was an amazing time in the world of comics, Moore's Watchmen and Miracleman, Miller's DKR and Elektra Assassin, were pushing the boundaries of the genre, they weren't just edgy, they were the edge.

    If you take DKR and Batman Year One together you have the perfect bookends to Batman's story.

    Having said all that I would like to see.....NONE OF DKR in the movie.

    If the film is really a BM vs SM story, then it needs different source
    material.

    The Superman/Batman relationship in DKR is not a "first-time" meeting.
    It's a huge philosophical divide, caused by decades of conflict over their
    methods. It's a friendship soured with age and bitterness. That's what makes the final fist-fight so powerful....for all the Batfans, sorry, but Superman was holding back - he wasn't trying to kill Batman, or even hurt him (which is why Batman got broken ribs rather than splattered all over the street, or incinerated with heat vision)
    Batman overcomes him with cunning (Batman's greatest weapon, which , as Superman in Grant Morrisons' JLA story, said makes him the most dangerous man on earth). Bats knew Superman wasn't going to
    let loose at full force, he's predictable, which is what allowed him to
    lure him into position for the kryptonite arrow. Yes, Batman won that one
    , go Batman.

    Of course, Bats never planned to kill Superman either -because Batman,
    whenever possible, does not kill.

    Having said all that, the fight is brutal and visceral, and something we hadn't seen before, way back in 1986. But, it works, and it works because of the characters' shared history.

    In a movie where they meet for the first time, that fight scene just wouldn't work -without some pretty major changes, so much that it would be a different scene altogether.

    I think much more appropriate source material for Supes and Bats first meeting would be some of John Byrne's work from around the same time
    (the late 80's, Superman reboot).

    Okay, maybe some stylistic elements from DKR could work in the BM/SM film, but story-wise.......probably not so much.


    (yes, we're all thinking it, Batfleck doesn't look anything like Miller's Batman)

    So..... no DKR story elements in BM/SM, maybe some style but no story please.

    peace.
     
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  17. TheFlamingCoco

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    I find TDKR haterz to be on this kind of plane.

    *They don't like the Superman portrayal and his relationship to THIS Batman (understandable)
    *They don't like its influence on later comics.
    *They don't like the way Batman's portrayed (I like the book, and that's also understandable)
    *They don't think it's well written (Okay, that I CAN'T understand)
    *They don't like the art style or divergence from usual Batman incarnations (Frank draws in a blocky, but visually striking manner. The fight with the Mutants in the Tank stands out in my mind. As for the "it's different" thing, it was intended to be an Elseworlds.)
     
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  18. Batmannerism

    Batmannerism Super-unknown

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    ....and furthermore, DKR is Batman's story ! He owns it, and every panel he appears in. The book is worthy of a film all in its own right that only features a guest appearance by Superman (and like I went crazy on in the last post, is not appropriate for a first meeting film).

    However, you might be on to something in terms of the gritty style that Miller used to portray Gotham - that could definitely work.

    Miller's Batmobile: Batman needs a tank !

    Miller's Batcopter: Batman needs a Russian gunship copter !

    Miller's portrayal of Jim Gordon ......probably covered in the Nolanverse TDKR film. Sorry, but after Gary Oldman, there aren't many who could step into Gordon's shoes.

    Miller's vision of a Gotham out of control, where crime is rampant.....could work.

    Miller's Batman.....not sure if Batfleck could carry off the menace, the obsession, the physicality of the role (certainly not the physique, you'd
    need Schwarzenegger for that !)

    hey, but great idea for a thread. Peace.
     
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  19. smallville fan

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    Absolutely. Batman has a plethora of stories under his belt that they could use.

    The Dark Knight Strikes Again says Whassup

    http://wtfdccomics.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/wtf-dc-the-dark-knight-strikes-again/
     
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  20. Eddie Dean

    Eddie Dean Mr. Jackpots

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    Even his art in DKSA is a deliberate stylistic choice, I'll take it any day over the thousands of Jim Lee imitators.
     
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    Lencho01 Shazoogle! Shazoogle!

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  22. TheFlamingCoco

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    Miller's Gordon is next to nothing like Oldman's. This isn't a slight on Miller OR Oldman. Jim is generally depicted as a sympathetic and likeable ally to Batman, and not as much as the hard-boiled cynic from the Miller books.

    I think Oldman NAILED the traditional versions of Modern Era Gordon. His version is completely different from Miller's, and I'm more then ok with that.

    I think if he has a good voice and a nice costume, he COULD pull of Frank Miller's menace. But Frank's Batman is so scary and borderline psychotic that I think it's not the best route to go. Maybe leaning towards Miller, but not a complete TDKR envisioning, and TDKSA/AllStar should NOT be an influence at all.
     
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  23. Eddie Dean

    Eddie Dean Mr. Jackpots

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    Oldman in Batman Begins is the Gordon straight out of Year One.
     
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  24. SpideyFan866

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    Now I'm not saying he'll be a complete government puppet like he was in that book (MOS proved that; "You're scared of me because you can't control me. You can't and you never will".), but after the events of MOS, and Supes's statement to Swanwick about getting Washington on his side (and the likelihood of public distrust in him after he leveled a city), I think he'll be doing all he can to earn good will.

    A better example of how his relationship will be with the government is that in The New Frontier.

    He's firmly on their side and helps how he can, but is in no way controlled by them.
     
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  25. TheFlamingCoco

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    He looks the part. I have both a copy of Begins and Year One at home, and I can tell you, they have different personalities.

    BUT, I think Oldman's gonna be really tough to MATCH.
     
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