* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Batman bringing up that [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: having "fired" Dick]], let alone his rant about it being due to [[spoiler: Dick]] being a "sissy" DirtyCoward, were just to make New Joker mad so as to catch him off guard, as Bruce understood that [[spoiler: the long-brainwashed Dick is sadly beyond saving at this point]]. FridgeBrilliance and AlasPoorVillain all rolled into one.
** When [[spoiler: Dick plunges to his death as a result of Batcave's destruction]], Bruce seems to have something of a solenm or possibly sadden expression before saying [[spoiler: "Farewell, Boy Wonder."]] It even looks like his eye was wet for a moment. This seems to he regreted his past behavior and what it drove [[spoiler: Dick]] to do.
* ContestedSequel
* CrazyAwesome: Plastic Man fights soldiers by turning into a toilet. And then flushing them.
* DesignatedHero: 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 MoralEventHorizon 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.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Many fans of ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' would prefer to pretend this comic doesn't exist.
* FridgeLogic: 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: The moment where, amid Hal Jordan's destruction of the orbital cannons, an Islamist terrorist calls out "JIHAD!" And someone offscreen goes "Ah, ''shaddap''!" See: ''ComicBook/HolyTerror''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Many dislike it for being an ugly self-parody of the original work. Some like it for exactly that reason.
* {{Padding}}: There are a ''lot'' of cutaways to news programs. The second issue actually does something with them (the superheroine-cosplaying band [[spoiler:is used by Batman to kick start a revolution]]), but the first issue is just top heavy with needless arguing between peripheral characters.
* ShockingSwerve: Infamously, [[spoiler: the Joker's identity as Dick Grayson comes out of nowhere and the book does very little to explain how it actually happened.]]
* SoBadItsGood: The art contrasts extremely with that of its predecessor in being neon, simplified, [[http://i.imgur.com/5KLjf.png 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''.
*** OlderThanTheyThink: He's been doing that for decades.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodLineArt: 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).
* UncannyValley: FM was pretty new at using Photoshop and this was his first attempt to make a full book with it. It shows.
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