CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Cult Comic Essentials: Batman – The Dark Knight Returns

No Batman story in the world is probably more important than Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Released in 1986, it was responsible for the rejuvenation of Batman as the dark, brooding character we know today – and for the comics industry as a whole. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself the task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children’s cartoon character into a hero for our times.

This is the tale of a tortured man’s effort to save a city spiralling into chaos. An aging, time-worn Bats struggles with the acceptance of a new Robin while facing the latest generation of vicious, hyper-violent criminals. Old foes like the Joker and Two-Face add to the maddening mayhem which Batman must face and somehow conquer.

The Dark Knight is a success on every level. It keeps the core elements of the Batman myth intact; with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains present, yet brilliantly subverted. The artwork is design brilliance -harsh, claustrophobic, psychotic. It’s fundamentally a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham?

Related Post
Cult Video Game Essentials: The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)

The Adventures of Batman & Robin is a 1995 video game based on the popular DC Comics critically acclaimed animated cartoon Read more

Cult Comic Essentials: Batman – Arkham Asylum

In this ground-breaking, beautifully painted graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken Read more

Titans Season 1 finale trailer reveals Batman!

DC Universe has released the final Titans Season 1 finale trailer, which reveals the presence of Batman...

Hawk and Dove Titans clip revealed at NYCC

More Titans footage was revealed at NYCC when Geoff Johns dropped a new clip showing Robin alongside Hawk and Dove Read more

Character teasers released for TITANS

As the media blitz for Titans continues we have now been hit with a wide range of character teaser promos... Read more

Grayson meets Todd in Titans preview

When Robin (Dick Grayson) meets Robin (Jason Todd), things can get a little awkward. Get ready for TITANS, only on Read more

Preview: Adventures of the Super Sons #1 (of 12)

The Super Sons are back in an all-new 12-issue miniseries written by Peter J. Tomasi! Check out the lost and Read more

Teaser trailer released for Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed a teaser trailer for the upcoming Teen Titans GO! to the Movies...   Reprising their roles from Read more

New Teen Titans – The Judas Contract

They were Earth's teenage defenders — unbeatable and unstoppable. Riding high, they took an eighth member — a young girl Read more

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders trailer released!

Adam West and Burt Ward are back! So is Julie Newmar! The classic Batman show lineup hits the world of Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: