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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Luthor's nanites removed all his powers except his ability to see the future. A power he's never actually had before.

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* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: It's implied that Carrie doesn't actually know what the ZorroMark is, just that it means something to Batman.

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* AdaptationalUgliness: Nobody is particularly good-looking in this comic, but Lex Luthor takes the cake: while rather presentable-looking in the main comics continuity, Luthor here is drawn as a [[FatBastard morbidly obese hunchback]] with a [[SinisterSchnoz pointy, crooked nose.]]


Overall, it goes further off the deep end than ''The Dark Knight Returns'', almost to the point of being a {{Deconstruction}} of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the first story though, naturally, not everyone thinks that makes it any good. The color palette is much more varied than ''The Dark Knight Returns''' muted colorization, taking it to an almost garish degree, that takes a little getting used to (many reviewers termed it ugly). It is followed by ''ComicBook/DarkKnightIIITheMasterRace''.

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Overall, it goes further off the deep end than ''The Dark Knight Returns'', almost to the point of being a {{Deconstruction}} of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the first story though, naturally, not everyone thinks that makes it any good. The color palette is much more varied than ''The Dark Knight Returns''' muted colorization, taking it to an almost garish degree, that takes a little getting used to (many reviewers termed it ugly). It is was eventually followed starting in 2015 by ''ComicBook/DarkKnightIIITheMasterRace''.


''Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again'', also known as ''Dark Knight 2'', was a three issue {{Franchise/Batman}} mini-series written and illustrated by Creator/FrankMiller with Lynn Varley in 20012002, the sequel to 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.

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''Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again'', also known as ''Dark Knight 2'', was a three issue {{Franchise/Batman}} mini-series written and illustrated by Creator/FrankMiller with Lynn Varley in 20012002, the sequel to 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.
''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''.



** ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' could be interpreted as Bruce Wayne being older, wiser, and struggling to hold on to his humanity and/or sanity. By ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Bruce Wayne probably reverted back to his personality in ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''. In short, what you have here is one seriously messed-up man who is ''not'' as rational and logical as he thinks he is.

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** ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' could be interpreted as Bruce Wayne being older, wiser, and struggling to hold on to his humanity and/or sanity. By ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Bruce Wayne probably reverted back to his personality in ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''. In short, what you have here is one seriously messed-up man who is ''not'' as rational and logical as he thinks he is.



** Hot Gates, the porn star who dresses as Big Barda, is a shout out to the recurring theme of Thermopylae that appears in Frank Miller's work. She was also name dropped in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', so it's also a CallBack.

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** Hot Gates, the porn star who dresses as Big Barda, is a shout out to the recurring theme of Thermopylae that appears in Frank Miller's work. She was also name dropped in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'', ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', so it's also a CallBack.



* {{Retcon}}: Of sorts. ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' treats the absence of superheroes (and Superman having "sold out") as a consequence of a SuperRegistrationAct, with the unnamed president strongly implied to be UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who's super-aged and losing his sanity. Here, it's revealed that the whole scenario is due to Lex Luthor and Braniac holding the world (and Kandor) hostage via orbiting cannons and a hologram of the president (whose name is stated to be "Rickard", a reference to the comic ''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}'').

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* {{Retcon}}: Of sorts. ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' treats the absence of superheroes (and Superman having "sold out") as a consequence of a SuperRegistrationAct, with the unnamed president strongly implied to be UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who's super-aged and losing his sanity. Here, it's revealed that the whole scenario is due to Lex Luthor and Braniac holding the world (and Kandor) hostage via orbiting cannons and a hologram of the president (whose name is stated to be "Rickard", a reference to the comic ''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}'').


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Set three years after the events of ''The Dark Knight Returns'', the world has managed to go downhill since then--the President is a fake, and the police state of a world is run by ComicBook/LexLuthor and Brainiac, who has many a hero enslaved.

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Set three years after the events of ''The Dark Knight Returns'', the world has managed to go downhill since then--the President is a fake, and the police state of a world is run by ComicBook/LexLuthor and Brainiac, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, who has many a hero enslaved.


* BigBadDuumvirate: New Joker, Lex Luthor and Brainiac.

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* BigBadDuumvirate: New Joker, Lex Luthor and Brainiac.Brainiac, with New Joker as TheDragon.


''Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again'', also known as ''Dark Knight 2'', was a three issue {{Franchise/Batman}} mini-series written and illustrated by Creator/FrankMiller with Lynn Varley in 2001-2002, the sequel to 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.

Set three years after the events of ''The Dark Knight Returns'', the world has managed to go downhill since then- the President is a fake, and the police state of a world is run by ComicBook/LexLuthor and Brainiac, who has many a hero enslaved.

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''Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again'', also known as ''Dark Knight 2'', was a three issue {{Franchise/Batman}} mini-series written and illustrated by Creator/FrankMiller with Lynn Varley in 2001-2002, 20012002, the sequel to 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.

Set three years after the events of ''The Dark Knight Returns'', the world has managed to go downhill since then- the then--the President is a fake, and the police state of a world is run by ComicBook/LexLuthor and Brainiac, who has many a hero enslaved.



Overall it goes further off the deep end than ''The Dark Knight Returns'', almost to the point of being a Deconstruction of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the first story though, naturally, not everyone thinks that makes it any good. The color palette is much more varied than ''The Dark Knight Returns''' muted colorization, taking it to an almost garish degree, that takes a little getting used to (many reviewers termed it ugly). It is followed by ''ComicBook/DarkKnightIIITheMasterRace''.

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Overall Overall, it goes further off the deep end than ''The Dark Knight Returns'', almost to the point of being a Deconstruction {{Deconstruction}} of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the first story though, naturally, not everyone thinks that makes it any good. The color palette is much more varied than ''The Dark Knight Returns''' muted colorization, taking it to an almost garish degree, that takes a little getting used to (many reviewers termed it ugly). It is followed by ''ComicBook/DarkKnightIIITheMasterRace''.



* AluminumChristmasTrees: At least [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall one commentator]] regarded ''News in the Nude'' with incredulity, apparently being unaware of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_News Naked News.]]'' At the very least though, the latter's a paid subscription service.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: At least [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall one commentator]] regarded ''News in the Nude'' with incredulity, apparently being unaware of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_News Naked News.]]'' News]]''. At the very least least, though, the latter's a paid subscription service.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Hawkman and Hawkgirl, ingloriously nuked off-panel. Captain Marvel had a longer sequence where a giant building was dropped on him.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Hawkman [[spoiler:Hawkman and Hawkgirl, ingloriously nuked off-panel. Captain Marvel had a longer sequence where a giant building was dropped on him.]]



* [[spoiler: HamsterWheelPower]]: This is what the Flash has been up to lately.

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* [[spoiler: HamsterWheelPower]]: [[spoiler:HamsterWheelPower]]: This is what the Flash has been up to lately.



* InvincibleHero: Batman. By the time anyone comes up with anything he's already twelve steps ahead of them. Superman heading for the Bat-Cave? No problem! Just use the gigantic Kryptonite gloves over there! Got captured? No biggie! It was part of Batman's plan all along. It gets so bad that Batman can literally storm into Luthor's base of operations, beat him up, cut his face, and just leave with absolutely zero consequences. In the page image, he spells out why -- he wanted to inspire terror in Luthor, to let him know that his empire was crumbling. [[spoiler: And he wanted to give Hawkboy the honor of killing Luthor.]]
* KryptoniteRing: More than a ring - try Kryptonite napalm, Kryptonite [[PowerFist power fists]]...
* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler: Dick Grayson. He reattaches it.]]
* MonsterClown: [[spoiler: For once, there was a reason to highlight this. It's not the Joker, it's Dick Grayson.]]

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* InvincibleHero: Batman. By the time anyone comes up with anything he's already twelve steps ahead of them. Superman heading for the Bat-Cave? No problem! Just use the gigantic Kryptonite gloves over there! Got captured? No biggie! It was part of Batman's plan all along. It gets so bad that Batman can literally storm into Luthor's base of operations, beat him up, cut his face, and just leave with absolutely zero consequences. In the page image, he spells out why -- he why--he wanted to inspire terror in Luthor, to let him know that his empire was crumbling. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And he wanted to give Hawkboy the honor of killing Luthor.]]
* KryptoniteRing: More than a ring - try ring--try Kryptonite napalm, Kryptonite [[PowerFist power fists]]...
* LosingYourHead: [[spoiler: Dick [[spoiler:Dick Grayson. He reattaches it.]]
* MonsterClown: [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For once, there was a reason to highlight this. It's not the Joker, it's Dick Grayson.]]



** FalseDichotomy. Both characters are shown to be ridiculously over the top in their antics. [[spoiler: The Question refuses to use anything more technologically advanced than a typewriter (though that could be ProperlyParanoid given the setting), and Green Arrow is a hypocritical billionaire Marxist hippie who presumably spent a fortune to get a cybernetic arm when the world is in the throes of a nuclear winter.]]

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** FalseDichotomy. Both characters are shown to be ridiculously over the top in their antics. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Question refuses to use anything more technologically advanced than a typewriter (though that could be ProperlyParanoid given the setting), and Green Arrow is a hypocritical billionaire Marxist hippie who presumably spent a fortune to get a cybernetic arm when the world is in the throes of a nuclear winter.]]



* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Dick Grayson]] implies that this is what Batman is doing with Carrie, though [[WordOfGod Word of Miller]] denies this vehemently. Also, [[spoiler:Dick Grayson]] was [[IncrediblyLamePun bat]]shit insane at that point, and had just spent a good amount of time [[spoiler:[[ColdBloodedTorture mutilating Carrie]] out of [[AxCrazy psychotic jealousy.]]]] [[spoiler:He]] is an unreliable source, to say the least.

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* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Dick Grayson]] implies that this is what Batman is doing with Carrie, though [[WordOfGod Word of Miller]] denies this vehemently. Also, [[spoiler:Dick Grayson]] was [[IncrediblyLamePun bat]]shit insane at that point, and had just spent a good amount of time [[spoiler:[[ColdBloodedTorture mutilating Carrie]] out of [[AxCrazy psychotic jealousy.]]]] jealousy]].]] [[spoiler:He]] is an unreliable source, to say the least.


* BestHerToBedHer: Wonder Woman.
* BewareTheSuperman: At the end of the series[[spoiler: Superman rules the world with his daughter, Lara.]]

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* BestHerToBedHer: Wonder Woman.
Franchise/WonderWoman.
* BewareTheSuperman: At the end of the series[[spoiler: Superman series [[spoiler:Superman rules the world with his daughter, Lara.]]



* TheCameo[=/=]ShoutOut: [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] appears as one of the talking heads in issue 2.

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[[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] appears as one of the talking heads in issue 2.2.
** In a blink-and-you'll-miss it moment, [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Zor-El]] [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_pScx8BN4h3s/TVA45wfm8QI/AAAAAAAALJM/87X-_StCvbM/s1600/dk+2-01.jpg makes an appearance]] leading the Kandorian rebels. In that scene Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} gloats over holding Franchise/{{Superman}}'s cousin hostage.


** The President has the last name Rickard, as in ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}''.

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** The President has the last name Rickard, as in ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}''.''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}''.



* {{Retcon}}: Of sorts. ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' treats the absence of superheroes (and Superman having "sold out") as a consequence of a SuperRegistrationAct, with the unnamed president strongly implied to be UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who's super-aged and losing his sanity. Here, it's revealed that the whole scenario is due to Lex Luthor and Braniac holding the world (and Kandor) hostage via orbiting cannons and a hologram of the president (whose name is stated to be "Rickard", a reference to the comic ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'').

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* {{Retcon}}: Of sorts. ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' treats the absence of superheroes (and Superman having "sold out") as a consequence of a SuperRegistrationAct, with the unnamed president strongly implied to be UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who's super-aged and losing his sanity. Here, it's revealed that the whole scenario is due to Lex Luthor and Braniac holding the world (and Kandor) hostage via orbiting cannons and a hologram of the president (whose name is stated to be "Rickard", a reference to the comic ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'').''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}'').



-->'''Catgirl:''' "The Boss leaves his mark. ''[we see Batman use a batarang to make the three quick slices]'' It must mean something to him... "

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-->'''Catgirl:''' "The Boss leaves his mark. ''[we see Batman use a batarang to make the three quick slices]'' It must mean something to him... ""
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* IntimateHealing: Superman is completely healed of his injuries after having sex with Wonder Woman. According to Miller himself, this was done to highlight the fact that women are "nurturers and life givers".


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Overall it goes further off the deep end than ''The Dark Knight Returns'', almost to the point of being a Deconstruction of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the first story though, naturally, not everyone thinks that makes it any good. The color palette is much more varied than ''The Dark Knight Returns''' muted colorization, taking it to an almost garish degree, that takes a little getting used to (many reviewers termed it ugly).

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Overall it goes further off the deep end than ''The Dark Knight Returns'', almost to the point of being a Deconstruction of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the first story though, naturally, not everyone thinks that makes it any good. The color palette is much more varied than ''The Dark Knight Returns''' muted colorization, taking it to an almost garish degree, that takes a little getting used to (many reviewers termed it ugly).
ugly). It is followed by ''ComicBook/DarkKnightIIITheMasterRace''.

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** The beating itself at least is justified by the fact that the Batboy himself reverted to his more psychopathic attitude and threatened to break her bones first. Now the whole killing but not killing on the other hand...

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