YMMV: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Batman bringing up that Dick Grayson being the New Joker was the result of a long series of experiments on him by "your masters" (Luthor and Braniac). So perhaps all his taunts about having "fired" Dick, let alone his rant about it being due to Dick being a "sissy" Dirty Coward, were just to make New Joker mad so as to catch him off guard, as Bruce understood that the long-brainwashed Dick is sadly beyond saving at this point. Fridge Brilliance and Alas, Poor Villain all rolled into one.
  • Contested Sequel
  • Crazy Awesome: Plastic Man fights soldiers by turning into a toilet. And then flushing them.
  • Designated Hero: Batman, who despite his aim at overthrowing Luthor, displays very little regard for human life. He breaks into Luthor's office early on and has the chance to end things right there, and instead just leaves. When Superman explains to his daughter why they shouldn't just take over the world, Batman actually argues against him, and perhaps the crowning Moral Event Horizon is that he assembles a rebellion composed of girls in costumes, who play no important role in the story and simply die and accomplish nothing.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans of The Dark Knight Returns would prefer to pretend this comic doesn't exist.
  • Fridge Logic: Batman claims Arkham degenerated into anarchy and cannibalism five years before DK2. Looked perfectly fine (although staffed by a certain celebrity psychologist) in TDKR, three years back.
  • Gary Stu: Batman.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The moment where, amid Hal Jordon's destruction of the orbital cannons, an Islamist terrorist calls out "JIHAD!" And someone offscreen goes "Ah, shaddap!" See: Holy Terror.
  • Jerk Sue: Batman. He's a total Jerkass, and anybody that calls him out for it or the things listed under Designated Hero are treated as idiots.
  • Love It or Hate It
  • Padding: There are a lot of cutaways to news programs. The second issue actually does something with them (the superheroine-cosplaying band is used by Batman to kick start a revolution), but the first issue is just top heavy with needless arguing between peripheral characters.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The art contrasts extremely with that of its predecessor in being neon, simplified, and much worse. Also, Frank Miller seems to think that female pelvises are horizontally placed. In fact, there's barely one woman in the entire comic who ends up looking normal/slightly physically possible/not horribly warped, and when they do, it's usually because they're concealed behind something. Even when they are ostensibly standing up straight, they get warped into having one leg massively thicker then another or are leaning waaay over to one side.
    • The Atom rides a modem through the air into somebody's cell phone.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Frank VERY clearly has little respect for the characters that aren't part of the Batman mythos.
    • Though he does treat Hal Jordon, The Atom, Captain Marvel, and Plastic Mannote  with a great deal of respect—along with Steve Ditko's original treatment of The Question.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Line Art: While Frank Miller's art wasn't exactly gorgeous, the colors were often garish, in stark contrast to the muted coloring of the original (which was done by the same colorist).
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Several times.
  • Uncanny Valley: FM was pretty new at using Photoshop and this was his first attempt to make a full book with it. It shows.
  • Villain Decay: Played with. It's not Luthor's best showing, and Miller lets you know why: Luthor—his look, his views and his motivations—is little more than an Obviously Evil, unhinged, trollish, rage-filled thug in a business suit threatening the world to give him what he wants (which is precisely what Luthor's always been; here you just get to see its unvarnished form). And yet, its fairly cool to imagine that this is the man, or kind of man, that at the end of DKR Batman calls "worse than thieves and murderers."
    • Brainiac however, suffers an inexcusable amount of this. He's working for Luthor because, because...