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The Passion of the Batman, part 3

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : June 9, 2005

This is the third part of my homage to Batman.  Please read my previous posts first, to get up to speed. 

A SYNOPSIS OF THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

Dark
Knight
opens with Bruce Wayne retired from his Batman identity for ten
years. Bruce Wayne is now a troubled,
suicidal, alcoholic in his mid-fifties. Outside the gates of Wayne Mansion, the world has
gone to rot. The US is on the brink of nuclear war with the
Soviets, Gotham City is under siege by a street gang
known as the Mutants, and two of the Batman?s arch-nemeses-Two Face and the
Joker-are soon to be released from Arkham Asylum. Attacked by members of the Mutant Gang at the
spot where his parents were shot down before his eyes when he was a child, and
assaulted by media reports of violent crime, Wayne gives in to his submerged urges to once
again don the mask and cape that once struck fear into the hearts of
evil-doers.

After successfully dealing with Two
Face-who goes on a crime spree after being released from the asylum-the Batman
defeats the leader of the Mutants in single combat. As a result, many of the gang then transfer
their allegiance and rename themselves the ?Sons of the Batman,? painting their
faces with bat silhouettes and carrying out violent vigilante actions against Gotham?s criminals. The Batman gets blamed for much of the vigilante violence being
committed in his name. Things go from
bad to worse when the Batman is unfairly blamed for the death of his old enemy
the Joker.

Superman-who, unlike the Batman,
hasn?t aged a day-is called in by the President (Reagan) to bring the Batman
under control. Their final confrontation
takes place against a backdrop of social breakdown, as a Soviet nuclear warhead
unleashed in a regional conflict in Central America causes a magnetic pulse
which disrupts all electrical communication and throws up a blanket of cloud
cover over North America. After faking his own
death, and destroying Wayne Manor, the Batman leads his followers-made up of
the “Sons of Batman” and his new Robin-into the deeper caves under his former
mansion. There, they begin to train and
prepare for the battles ahead.

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2 Responses to “The Passion of the Batman, part 3”

  1. Michelle on June 9th, 2005 11:25 pm

    Did they make two face and joker look older too?
    Was the joker not participating in crime when the sons of batman killed him?
    Who killed bruce waynes parents if it wasn’t the joker?
    Do the sons of batman paint their faces in a similar manner to the crow?
    Mark this is even better than I expected, so thanks a lot.

  2. Van S on June 10th, 2005 3:01 am

    Did they make two face and joker look older too?

    Answer:Yep

    Was the joker not participating in crime when the sons of batman killed him?

    Answer: The Joker broke his neck fighting Batman, and to frame Batman he snapped his own neck the rest of the way, thereby killing himself.

    Who killed bruce waynes parents if it wasn’t the joker?

    Answer: Some street thug named “Joe” or something. Joker is just one of many bad guys who started dressing in costume in response to Batman’s constume. Batman donned the cape and mask in order to strike fear in criminals. Some criminals followed this example. In a way, Batman created his worst enemies…and each of his enemies is a personification of one of Bruce Wayne’s psychological dysfunctions.

    Do the sons of batman paint their faces in a similar manner to the crow?

    Answer: Sort of.

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