After having purchased The Dark Knight Returns I watched the two episodes of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s much-loved animated series that come on the disk: Two Face Parts I & II. Simply put, these are the best two episodes I’ve ever seen. They work both as stand-alone stories and as a unit. Harvey Dent is as vulnerable as Batman fragile. The symbiosis between the two characters is worthy of canon and this is a story that deserves to be made into a prestige format.
“…I soon adjusted and thought I’d just concentrate on the story-telling itself, which is nothing short of superb. Paul Dini has told a tale battered wife syndrome within the Batman universe and he’s told it convincingly.”
The Avengers Assemble is everything you want from a superhero movie. Just don’t expect the comparative depth and intensity of Nolan’s Dark Knight.
Black Mask was never really a villain I could get into, and the whole ‘magic mask’ aspect of the Batman mythos is a far cry from the realistic template that Loeb, Miller and now Nolan have imprinted on the Universe.
…only a few titles actually change your perception of a well-established universe and sometimes all-too-familiar characters. The Dark Knight Returns did it, Year One did, Red Son, too. Kingdom Come does it also.
Batman: Holy Terror takes place in some Cromwellian dystopia where the Machiavellian elite rule with an iron fist. Bruce Wayne is a priest who is told by Gordon, who himself is an Inquisitor, (nobody, Spanish Inquisition, you know the drill) tells Bruce that the powers-that-be ordered the execution of his parents due to them helping vagrants and miscreants on the sly. Not good.