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Today we take a look at a great dramatic moment from Frank Miller in Batman: The Dark Knight #2 (part of The Dark Knight Returns collection).
At this point in the series, Batman has returned from a ten-year absence and has proceeded to begin making a real difference in Gotham (while infuriating the Gotham Police Department).
One of the biggest problems in Gotham is the so-called “Mutant Gang.” Batman saves a girl from being raped by a couple of gang members, which inspires young Carrie Kelly into dressing up as Robin.
Batman’s ultimate move with the Mutant Gang is to attack them while they are in a “meeting” at the Gotham dump, where they are planning the assassination of the retiring Commissioner Gordon (he is being forced out – as he is notably pro-Batman).
Batman shows up in a new “Batmobile,” essentially a giant tank, and begins mowing down the gang members with mercy bullets.
The monstrous leader of the gang, though, challenges Batman to a man-to-man fight, and Batman is unable to resist the challenge, partially due to ego and partially due to the feeling that he needs to do this to end the overall threat of the gang (defeat their leader in hand-to-hand combat, and they will follow HIM instead).
So this leads to this amazing shot of Batman exiting the Batmobile, ready to mix it up with a much younger, much stronger man – and yet Batman is thrilled about the prospect…
(Batman manages to disable the gang leader, but not before the man basically pummels Batman halfway to death, with only Carrie Kelly’s interference allowing Batman the opportunity to take down the leader before being killed. After he recuperates a bit, Batman stages an “escape” for the leader who goes back to the dump where Batman fights him again, but this time, Batman is not cocky enough to find him straight on and instead uses guerrilla tactics to defeat him thoroughly, thereby winning over the Mutant Gang, who begin to follow Batman instead).
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