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How Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Brought Grit Back To Batman

The Dark Knight Returns reshaped the comic book industry; introducing an older, grizzled, beaten Bruce Wayne as he tries to save Gotham City once more. Scenes ripped straight from the pages can be seen in the movie Batman v Superman and the dark, gritty tone permeates the DNA of The Dark Knight and The Joker. The 1986 four-issue miniseries written and drawn by Frank Miller has sold over one million copies and is still heralded to this day. The book DC Comics: A Visual History calls The Dark Knight Returns “arguably the best Batman story of all time,” which “revolutionized the entire genre of superhero.”

“I took a sanitized version of a tough character and took him closer to his 1940s roots,” Frank Miller told Newsweek at an unveiling event for a black and white statue based on the suit Batman wore in The Dark Knight Returns at FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center. The 62-year-old veteran cartoonist was signing autographs for fans, juxtaposed between greeters in toy soldier outfits and ceramic statues of Paw Patrol.

The comic veteran known for 300, Sin City, Daredevil and countless other dark tales, had a hand in reinventing the identity of Batman after Adam West had turned him into a joke. All it took was a four issue-comic book miniseries.

“I was an artist possessed with a story and an artist doing a job,” Miller said.

In 1939, National Comics published Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the caped crusader was very unlike the icon we know now, 80 years later. He carried a gun and didn’t hesitate using it to shoot down criminals. Early Batman was more a pulpy crime thriller than a collection of super hero heroics. As the Golden Age turned to the Silver Age, Bruce Wayne’s gritty demeanor started to fold into fluffy Americana, featuring wackier story lines and his sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder.

“Batman started out really dark and grim, he was killing people,” Jim Fletcher, the Creative Director of DC Entertainment, said at the event. “Then you go into the 60s when he’s goofy and he stays like that for a while.”

The “pows” and “bams” of Adam West and Burt Ward in 1966’s Batman television show, gave the hero a massive burst of pop cultural influence. But after two decades his comic persona was wearing thin — until Miller’s interpretation hit comic book store shelves.

“Around that time, I had fallen out of comics and Batman was going on adventures like flying through space, which I didn’t care for,” Fletcher said. “Then this book and Watchmen come out and it drags me back into comics.” Reading Batman not only challenging but defeating the god-like Superman and Miller’s reinventing of Gotham as gritty and decrepit opened his eyes to a world of creative opportunity.

“Batman is very relatable,” Fletcher said. There’s always injustice in the world and Batman is that normal guy who can get out there and do what needs to get done. He’s an outlet for people’s frustrations or anger for things they can’t control.”

These different iterations of Batman could not exist without the artists and writers innovating at their easels. Neal Adams, Jim Lee and Greg Capullo are just some of the creative forces that gave Batman life for generations.

“It’s always been about the characters and not the people who make them,” Miller said. “If you ask the average person who created Superman, they might say Richard Donner, George Reeves or Christopher Reeves. They certainly wouldn’t remember two Jewish kids from Cleveland.”

Batman will continue to fight crime in Gotham and avenge his parents long after the rest of us are gone. Whether it’s with eyebrows drawn onto his costume, a batarang flung from under his cape or a sniper rifle perched on a roof.

Reprinted from Newsweek

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French Paper Art Club Announces The Dark Knight Returns Print By Frank Miller

French Paper Art Club has announced The Dark Knight Returns Print by Frank Miller. The 18’ x 24’ giclée is printed on fine art paper and will be limited to only 100 pieces. Officially licensed by DC Comics, you can order this Batman print HERE for €35.00.

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Previews Exclusive Superman & Carrie Kelley Funko Pop!s!

Following the set of The Dark Knight Returns Batman Funko Pop!s, coming up next in this line (all Previews exclusives!) are Superman and Carrie Kelley as Robin! Superman is available now, with Carrie Kelley coming in May!

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Limited-Edition 2016 Batman Day Shirt Featuring The Dark Knight Returns Artwork

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Join the celebration of Batman Day 2016 on September 17th by wearing our exclusive, limited-edition Batman Day shirt! This shirt features the iconic art style of the legendary The Dark Knight Returns, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Order the shirt HERE ($24.95 – $26.95).

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Prime 1 Studio To Release 33-Inch Statue of Frank Miller’s Batman From The Dark Knight Returns

With Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, DC Comics has pulled out all the stops. not only is the publisher currently releasing a continuation of the story with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, it’s also seen a number of high-end collectible companies license out the rights to produce numerous pieces based on the original series by Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley.

Prime 1 Studio is the latest to unveil its Miller-inspired offering, a 33-inch statue of a battle-worn and bullet-riddled Batman.

The beat-up and beat-down take on the character comes with a pair of heads, one grimacing, the other cut and bleeding. It also features different hands, including one holding a sniper and another pair ready to throw a roped Batarang.

An “Exclusive” take on the statue will also include another head with a more calm face and an extra left hand holding a trio of Batarangs.

1500 versions of the regular version will be available while the Exclusive will be limited to just 800. The regular statue will cost about $969 USD.

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Batman Black & White: The Joker By Frank Miller Statue

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From the pages of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, it’s The Joker as envisioned by legendary comics writer/artist Frank Miller! Designed by Frank Miller and sculpted by Alterton this statue is limited to an edition of 5,200. It measures approximately 7.25” tall and will retail for $80.

On Sale October 2016.

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The Dark Knight Returns Print by Jim Mahfood

Jim Mahfood’s ultra-epic tribute to the legendary Dark Knight Returns! The Batman and Carrie Kelly in all their gothic glory. Click HERE to order the prints.

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The Dark Knight Returns Print
Limited Edition on acid-free, 300gsm lightly textured fine art rag paper
Signed & numbered (w/ a little doodle) by Jim Mahfood
Measures 12×16 inches
$55

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The Dark Knight Returns Bonus Bat Print
Limited Edition on acid-free, 300gsm lightly textured fine art rag paper
Signed & numbered (w/ a little doodle) by Jim Mahfood
Measures 12×16 inches
$55

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Could Frank Miller’s Carrie Kelley From ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Be The New Robin?

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The gatefold cover of Batman and Red Robin #19, posted in the New York Post, has revealed the return of Carrie Kelley.

The comic book will feature the first appearance of a character not seen since 1986, and never in an in-continuity issue of a DC comic: Carrie Kelley, better known as the Robin from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” In that 4 issue landmark series, Kelley served briefly as Robin in an alternate future in which Bruce Wayne comes out of retirement to don the cape and cowl again.

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“What you’ll find out once you crack the book, is that she’s not exactly the ‘new Robin,’ but I don’t want to spoil the story and her introduction into Bruce Wayne/Batman’s life,” series writer Peter Tomasi told The New York Post. “In regards to how long she’ll be around, let’s just say that it’s a helluva lot longer than ‘one issue.’ I’ve got plans for Carrie that play well into the future.”

“It’s a New 52 version, but we’re staying close to Frank Miller’s visual template and personality of Carrie Kelley. She’s a college kid who’s got spunk and speaks her mind. This is not an alternate-earth Robin, this is simply a girl named Carrie Kelley who we learn knew Damian which in turn weaves her into the fabric of the DC Universe for the first time in 25 years,” Tomasi said of Carrie’s place in the modern Batman mythos. “It’s all real. It’s all in continuity. It’s all part of the Batman universe in the here and now. Carrie Kelley has found her way into The New 52 and she’s here to stay – in what capacity is anybody’s guess – except mine of course.”

Batman and Red Robin #19 will be released on April 10th.

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