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->''"What, are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? [[MemeticMutation I'm the Goddamn Batman]]."''
--> -- '''{{Franchise/Batman}}'''

The original ''ComicBook/AllStarDCComics'' title, and one of the most [[MemeticMutation memetic]] comic books of the last decade--although, as the page quote shows, not quite in a positive way. Ran from 2005 until 2008. When DC announced the book it was widely anticipated as FrankMiller's return to the site of two of his greatest books - ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' and ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', this time with the tale of Robin's origin, and illustrated by Jim Lee. The story that fans got, though... well, let's just say it wasn't what anybody expected.

The series was infamous for, among other things, [[ScheduleSlip having an erratic release schedule]]. After the run came to an end, it was announced in 2010 that Frank Miller would write a ContinuityReboot called ''Dark Knight: Boy Wonder'' that would go on for 6 issues and [[AuthorsSavingThrow compile the story that he wanted to tell originally]]. Four years later, there's still no word on [[DevelopmentHell when exactly this series will arrive.]]
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!!This goddamn comic provides examples of:
* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: He's the Goddamn Batman!
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Franchise/WonderWoman ''really'' hates men. That is, all men except {{Franchise/Superman}}. After the two get into an argument, Supes stomps on the ground hard enough that it knocks her over. This ''[[SlapSlapKiss turns her on]]'' and leads to the two making out.
* AllThereInTheManual: The story makes more sense as a sequel to ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' when you read issue #10 and some plot points, such as Batman's relationship with Green Lantern, become very interesting when compared to ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''. Also confirmed by WordOfGod is that the series is in the same universe as ''The Dark Knight Returns''.
** Interestingly enough, [[WordOfGod Miller has also noted]] that he never ''intended'' for Batman to be seen as truly "heroic" in this arc (quite the opposite), until near the end, where Batman tones down (with Robin's help) to become the "moral" Batman we all know. (See CharacterDevelopment, below.)
%%* AntiHero: Batman and BlackCanary.
* AscendedMeme: Starting with Issue 6, Frank started slipping in references to "the Goddamn Batman". Well, less "slip" and more [[ForcedMeme "spraypaint 'goddamn' all over the goddamn place".]]
* AuthorAppeal: Some of the more hostile criticisms regarding ''All Star Batman and Robin'' claim that the whole thing was used by Miller to [[AuthorAvatar vicariously]] live out his personal Batman [[WishFulfillment fantasy]]; citing the disregard for Batman's moral code [[spoiler: (especially during the scene where he rescues Robin from corrupt cops; never mind that he takes pleasure in harming them; but also nearly kills both Alfred and Vicki Vale in the process)]], the over-the top fan service, as well as his less than flattering portrayals of most of the other Justice League (particularly Superman and Green Lantern).
* AuthorAvatar: It's pretty clear that the Goddamn Batman is how Miller sees himself if he were Batman.
%%* ButtMonkey: Franchise/GreenLantern.
* CharacterDevelopment: Batman starts out completely insane and isolated but is ''slowly'' becoming more human thanks to the influence of Dick Grayson ([[InsistentTerminology age 12]]). Not very noticeable due to the large amount of padding but it's definitely there.
** [[WordOfGod Miller himself has stated]] that this was the entire point: to explain why Batman needed a kid sidekick, anyway--to bring him back down to earth after a period of having too much fun with his crime-fighting.
* ContinuityNod: There are several to other Dark Knight Universe stories.
** DKR's Battank being built in the Batcave.
** The Batcave is full of these. Besides the aforementioned Bat-Tank, there are:
*** The Bat-Glider from ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'',
*** The Bat-Copter from ''The Dark Knight Returns'',
*** The Bat-Shield Batmobile,
*** The 60s Show Batmobile,
*** And the Batwing from the 'Hush' storyline, also pencilled by Jim Lee.
** Joker's henchgirl Bruno and Batman saying the ''We have to be Criminals'' line.
** Also, Batman's character is identical to Frank Miller's in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', save for him being 20-30 years younger. When TDKR came out, the story seemed to imply it was the decades of superheroing that turned Batman into this sour, cynical person. This story retcons that into Batman having started out as ''more'' of a jerkass than in TDKR and growing more noble, responsible and humane as he grew old, probably thanks to Dick Grayson Age Twelve's influence.
*** This is a bit ironic if you consider that Grayson [[spoiler: is revealed to be a complete psychopath in TDKSA. During their climatic battle, he implies that Bruce's negligence and lack of affection drove him insane. Miller's Batman predictably scoffs and pushes him into hot lava.]]
** A subtle one is on the cover of the first issue, with Batman swinging over Gotham. His face is blacked out with only his eyes visible, similar to the covers for ''The Dark Knight Returns'' collected editions.
** Gordon's story about taking a baseball bat to Flass occurs in ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', though [[BadassNormal not the way he makes it sound]].
* ContinuitySnarl:
** Even at his most pumped up, no holds barred, extreme moment in ''The Dark Knight Returns'', Batman couldn't bring himself to kill the Joker. In ''All Star Batman'' he killed crooked cops without hesitation.
** Batman rants to Robin about how he can call his "Batmobile" whatever he wants. In ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' Batman muses that it was Robin who came up with the term.
* ClusterFBomb / SirSwearsALot: Almost every character talks like this, even the 15 year-old Batgirl. ''[[EspeciallyZoidberg Especially]]'' [[EspeciallyZoidberg the 15 year-old fucking Batgirl.]]
* CrapsackWorld: Usually true in a Batman story, but much ''much'' more so here.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Attempted (maybe parodied?) throughout the series, though the worst has to be the scowling, humorless hitman now claiming his people have sarcastically nicknamed him the Joker.
--> "They call me the Joker. But I'm not very funny."
* ADayInTheLimelight: Issue 10 is mostly done from Lt. Jim Gordon's point of view.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: [[SignatureStyle Very often throughout the text. Again and again. There is repetition. Statements are made. Hammered. Insistent. Again and again. Relentless. Tireless. Again and again.]][[note]][[AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] accurately compares the dialogue to [[ManosTheHandsofFate Torgo's]] VerbalTic.[[/note]]
** Dick Grayson. Age 12.
-->'''Vicki Vale''': [[HarmfulToMinors Someone murdered his parents. Right before his eyes.]] [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic Brutally. Brutally. It was brutal.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Dick Grayson]]'s evil in ''The Dark Knight Strikes Again'' is so understandable now.
* GoshDangitToHeck: Since Superman and the Green Lantern are boy scouts compared to everyone else, their dialogue comes off as even sillier than the {{Cluster F Bomb}}s. Although Superman's only line in his first few appearances is "DAMN!"
* InNameOnly: Pretty much ''everyone'' is insanely OutOfCharacter, but Black Canary is given an entirely new back story and motivation, turning from a LegacyCharacter of her mother into an Irish immigrant from a [[MassiveNumberedSiblings large family]] working at a sleazy bar, who was inspired into crime-fighting ([[SociopathicHero and, well, crime]]) by Batman.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Batman and Black Canary. Batgirl and Robin are Heroic Comedic Sociopaths-in-training.
* HotterAndSexier: Much more blatant {{Fanservice}} than is usual in comic books, including a beautifully drawn make-out session in the rain between costumed Black Canary and Batman ("The costumes make it better" line might be a reference to ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'': we refer the reader to that book's page for the explanation of why this is so: suffice to say, it's not simply a fetish).
* InsistentTerminology: The series makes sure you know Dick is 12 years old.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everybody but Superman, Alfred and Robin is some kind of a jerkass.
** Given that Robin nearly ''murders'' Hal Jordan at one point... you can probably put him on the {{Jerkass}} list too. Though to be fair, this was a 12 year old boy who'd just watched his parents get murdered, kidnapped by a belligerent man-child dressed like a giant bat who tells him he's going to be a 'detective', and forced to live in a cave where he's told to eat cave-dwelling rodents. His attempt to murder Hal could be seen as the reaction of a severely traumatized teen.
* LingerieScene: Vicki Vale's first appearance is three pages of her parading around her apartment in pink lingeries and high heels. Doubles as HelloBoys.
** Some editions feature Miller's script for this scene, which gets pretty disturbing as he goes on and on about how detailed her underwear should be, and even calls himself shameless when he asks for a closeup of her ass.
* MaleGaze:
** Frank Miller specifically made a point of having artist Jim Lee draw a detailed shot of Vicki Vale's ass. As rendered in the script: "[[PerverseSexualLust Okay, I'm shameless, let's go for the ASS SHOT]]" (caps in original).
** Then there's WonderWoman's ass on the alt cover of #5.
* MsFanservice: Vicki Vale. To make that point even more blunt, her first ever appearance in the story has her standing in her apartment talking about Batman... wearing nothing but pink lingerie.
* MoodWhiplash: Issue 9 was when Batman meets Green Lantern in a yellow room, at first is incredibly funny (DAMN YOU AND YOUR LEMONADE!!) and when Robin starts fighting Green Lantern it's still hilarious and Batman is in the joke but the fun stops abruptly with a splash page of Robin [[spoiler:punching Green Lantern's throat, almost killing him if it weren't for Batman]]. Then it's followed by a crowning moment of Heartwarming.
** In universe and out, Batman and Canary have been making out under the rain and "[[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} under the hood]]", when Batman mentions he can drive her home... in his Batmobile. Canary shows disappointment with her idol's naming choice. Which instantly kills the mood for everyone involved, including the readership, because this Batman is ''really touchy'' about his stuff and his person not being as awesome as he thinks it is.
* NeverMyFault: Several moments in the story have Batman repeatedly blame Dick Grayson, age 12, for coming into his life and becoming his sidekick, [[SelfServingMemory completely ignoring the fact]] that he's the one who abducted the boy against his will in the first place.
* OnlySaneMan: Alfred finds himself making crazy suggestions like, "Maybe we shouldn't force [[MemeticMutation Dick Grayson age twelve]] to ''survive by eating rats''."
** Green Lantern too. Pity he's also the ButtMonkey.
* PacingProblems: The story is very guilty of this, with [[{{Filler}} a lot of pointless conversations]], taking too long to get to key events (like Dick Grayson, [[MemeticMutation age 12]], actually becoming Robin), and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters focusing on some other character to the detriment of the protagonists]]. The fact that the series has an [[ScheduleSlip infamously bad release schedule]] is a contender.
* PeepingTom: Happens when Jimmy Olsen visits Vicki Vale in the hospital. The reader is [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment repeatedly informed by the narration boxes]] that Jimmy doesn't watch, but he is [[UnreliableNarrator clearly shown turning his head]] near the bottom of the page.
* PrecisionFStrike: "This arcade belongs to the ''fucking'' Batgirl!"
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: ''You think?''
* PsychopathicManchild: In addition to the joy he takes in violence, Batman has the temperament of a child, getting incredibly moody and angry whenever someone isn't impressed with his cave or gadgets. Possibly done as a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of Batman. ''We hope.''
* RefugeInAudacity: Black Canary is a barmaid who wears a {{stripperiffic}} oufit as part of her job. One night, the accumulated tension of unattractive men them hitting on her in the most vulgar ways wears her patience so thin she is ready to explode. Then one of them went and actually gropes her. She snaps, and beats the everliving crap out everyone, to unconsciousness. She makes a point of making one of them swallow his wedding ring, for obvious reasons. She loots their bodies. She torches the place. She runs away on a motorbike by jumping over a ramp and into the air. Coincidentally, Detective Gordon's car was passing right under. He brushes it off, saying they've got bigger things to worry about. As a matter of fact, he is right. Allstar Gotham is only marginally less insane than SinCity.
* RunningGag: The Batmobile being a "queer name" for a car. Lampshaded in hilarious fashion.
--> '''Batman:''' Not one ''word.'' I've taken ''enough'' grief about calling my goddamn car the goddamn Batmobile. I'm the goddamn ''Batman'' and I can call my goddamn car whatever the hell I ''want'' to call it.
* SceneryPorn
* SlasherSmile: Not from [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker the guy you'd expect]], but Batman himself, to Creator/GoNagai levels!
* SplashPanel: The Batcave is introduced in a six-page spread.
* StartOfDarkness: An unintentional one for [[spoiler:''Dark Knight Strikes Again''!Dick Grayson]].
* StrawFeminist: Wonder Woman, who is introduced shoving a guy out of her way while yelling "Out of the way, sperm bank!". [[AllAmazonsWantHercules It seems she's mostly unsatisfied by men's failure to live up to her expectations, rather than actually claiming superiority or even equality as a woman]]: men are overhyped, weaker than they are supposed to be, than they should be. Superman proves to be a subversion: his boy-scout, simple morals clash with her pragmatism and warrior ethos, but he has the power, strength, and intimidation to enforce his law, and that ''really turns her on''.
* StupidGood: Green Lantern and Superman both come off this way, more out of ignorance than actual stupidity.
** And in FrankMiller stories, Batman is always right. '''Always.'''
* TakeThat: Frank Miller has stated in interviews that he thinks Green Lantern is worthless, ''and it shows''.
** Which is curious, [[FlipFlopOfGod considering he wrote Hal as arguably the noblest character]] in TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain.
* TestosteronePoisoning: FrankMiller grade, triple distilled.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The Joker's muscular, shirtless henchwoman. With swastika pasties over her breasts. It's a ContinuityNod to a minor character in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.
* TrainingFromHell: Clearly what Batman intended for Robin.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: [[http://www.i-mockery.com/comics/longbox7/default.php The Goddamn Batmobile is also a Goddamn Delorean]]:
--> "[[WritersCannotDoMath Fifteen hours ago]]". That means one of two things. Clark Kent either drank this carton of milk fifteen hours before [[OverlyLongGag Dick Grayson, age 12]], was kidnapped by Batman, and thus it is a magical prescient carton of milk, OR it's actually been a long enough ride in the Batmobile for Dick to have been reported missing, for his name to get to the missing persons groups, for them to submit his information to the milk company, for the milk company to print the cartons, distribute the cartons, and then for Clark Kent to go to the grocery store and buy the carton of milk. Let's see, by my rough estimate, that means that Batman and Dick have been on the way to the Batcave for, oh, about FIVE FUCKING WEEKS now.
** A lot of these issues come up. The series goes over two or three nights, depending on how you look at it, yet Miller seems to forget this since the books took so long to come out. Especially in issue nine. Batman arranges a meeting with Hal Jordan 'In twelve hours' in issue eight; yet in issue nine, Batman is reminiscing about multiple training sessions and Dick being in the cave with him for weeks. Also, apparently an entire clinic was bribed, Dick made a press conference and then they could paint an entire apartment yellow with "nearly an hour to spare" before Jordan arrived for his meeting twelve hours since issue eight.
** This is probably because Frank Miller is utilizing non-linear storytelling. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the "11 hours earlier" in the same issue.
* UnusualEuphemism and InherentlyFunnyWords: Black Canary is called ''lovechunks''
* WhatTheHellHero: Both Robin and The Green Lantern call out Batman for his Bat-shit crazy behavior. Ironically, Batman also gets to call out Robin when Robin [[spoiler:crushes Green Lantern's throat]].
* WhoAreYou: The first issue included this [[MemeticMutation memetic]] exchange (which, [[StealthParody for better]] [[InternetBacklash or for worse]], effectively set the tone for the series as a whole):
-->'''Dick Grayson, [[RunningGag Age 12]]:''' Who the hell are you anyway, giving out orders like this?\\
'''Batman:''' What are you, ''dense''? Are you ''retarded'' or something? Who the hell do you ''think'' I am? I'm the Goddamn ''Batman''.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Batman fantasizes about what he could do with Green Lantern's ring - force everyone to think ''his'' way. God help us.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Poor Superman and Green Lantern are oblivious to the fact that they're in a [[CreatorBreakdown post-9/11 Frank Miller]] comic. Because of this, [[HeroicComedicSociopath Batman]] can easily manipulate them both.
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