Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley helped change the comic book landscape when the first issue of their four-issue Batman reinvention The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986. Those four issues have influenced film and television as well as comics; Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films are shaped to a great degree by the grim, violent vision of Batman put forth by Miller & Co.

The Dark Knight Returns has never been directly adapted to film or television, however, until now. Warner Bros. animation label DC Comics Premiere Movies is creating a two-part adaptation of the four-issue series. The good part is: Peter Weller (RoboCop) has been hired to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. Read More »

What would it look like if other filmmakers took over the Batman franchise after Christopher Nolan? Want to see a new promo shot of the full Avengers team? What are the hidden clues in the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man? How much can you buy a Dark Knight Rises “themed” potato chip for? How is Superman attempting to save Don Draper from Mad Men? Does Stan Lee have confidence in Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man? And who does Garfield think should be the next Spider-Man? Read about this and a whole bunch more in today’s Superhero Bits.  Read More »

Why haven’t we seen many photos of Iron Man on the set of The Avengers? Curious about the Thor and X-Men: First Class Blu-rays? Would you like to have a Batman coffee table? How about look at fan art of Man of Steel, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Returns? When did Marvel almost buy all the DC characters? Which late actress from the Forties and Fifties will be digitally placed in The Avengers? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

In today’s superhero bits we’ve got two new cast photos from X-Men: First Class, a rumored upcoming animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s classic Batman story The Dark Knight Returns and a whole bunch of juicy rumors on Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot called Man of Steel. That’s quite the all-star team. Read about all of this superhero movie news after the jump. Read More »

South Park Takes on Watchmen and The Dark Knight

Last night’s episode of South Park took aim at Watchmen, The Dark Knight, The Spirit and the new trend in Hollywood to produce darker superhero movies. Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns even makes a cameo. Watch a clip above or the full episode on

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Zack Snyder Talks About Adapting The Dark Knight Returns

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At San Diego Comic-Con last year, Zack Snyder said that he “would love to see Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns made into a movie.” Later at the Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panel, Miller told Snyder “You can do it anytime you want to Zack”. To which Snyder said he was making a note of Miller’s response.

Earlier this week in our video blog discussion about the future of Batman movies, I suggested that after doing a third Batman film Warner Bros not proceed with another sequel. It is expected that Batman 3 might be the last Batman movie for series helmer Christopher Nolan, and I would love them to instead jump into the future and do an adaptation of The Dark Knight returns or jump into the even further future and do a Batman Beyond movie. That way they could potentially return to the Batman series if Nolan wanted to return after a few years of rest.

Lets be realistic, a Zack Snyder adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns will probably never happen, but it’s fun to imagine what could be. FirstShowing got the chance to ask Snyder what he would do with the material if he ever got the chance to bring it to the big screen.

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Throughout the week I have super-geeky conversations with Steve from Collider, and we’ve decided to bring the conversations onto the site. In today’s video blog, we talk about Sunday night’s Academy Awards (for about four minutes) and then we have an in depth discussion about the future of the Batman franchise. 

We talk about what is actually going on behind the scenes right now with the development with a third film. We talk about where The Dark Knight leaves off, and what the next film might bring us. What are some of the possible villains? Could Joker of Two-Face return? Could their be more than two big villains? What will Warner Bros do after Nolan leaves? Justice League? Could Zack Snyder direct Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns? How about a Batman Beyond film? What directors could carry on the Batman franchise after Nolan. And much more.


Discuss: What Villains should be in the next Batman movie? What would you like to see happen? What director should take over the franchise after Nolan? Watch our video blow and leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Dark Knight ReturnsAt the Watchmen panel, Zack Snyder expressed his love for Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns, in response to a question about the more mature direction of comic book adaptations.

“There are a lot of other graphic novels out there, but I would love to see Frank Miller’s Dark Knight made into a movie, but that’s just me.”

Later at the Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panel, Frank Miller told Snyder “You can do it anytime you want to Zack”. To which Snyder said he was making a note of Miller’s response. Now I know this is very speculative, but even Batman producer Michael Uslan has already expressed interest in a possible adaptation.

Miller’s four-issue comic book miniseries, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, was first published in 1986. It has since become one of the most popular graphic novel/trade paperbacks of all time. It reintroduced Batman to the general public as the psychologically dark character of his original 1930s conception, and helped to usher in an era of “grim and gritty” superheroes from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s.

Set 20 years in the future, criminals run amok and a gang called the Mutants terrorize Gotham City as superheros are a thing of the past. Bruce Wayne has been retired from crime fighting for ten years following the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin. Despite Wayne’s funding the rehabilitation of Harvey Dent (Two-Face), Dent returns to crime. Wayne dons the Batman costume again and apprehends Dent, but the populace debates whether Batman is a savior.

But with Nolan expected to return for a third chapter in the series, might/could Warner Bros also launch a secondary Batman film? This practice is common in the comic book industry, where top franchise characters usually have a few titles running simultaneously, in addition to the occasional one-shot mini-series/graphic novel… Also, is Zack Snyder the guy to bring The Dark Knight Returns to the big screen?