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Saturday, November 01, 2014 

Dark Knight Strikes Again was Miller's last real left-wing venture

A few months ago, Grantland was writing about the history of Frank Miller's career, and brought up something about Dark Knight Strikes Again that, while it confirms this was an idea he conceived pre-9/11, is also pretty alarming in retrospect:
Before the planes hit, Miller had finished the second issue of The Dark Knight Strikes Again, a Dark Knight sequel inspired in part by the “adolescent fever pitch” of the alternative comics he’d checked out during a visit to the annual Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. Said second issue is the one in which Batman flies a plane into Lex Luthor’s headquarters, then addresses his corporate/government adversaries in the language of terrorism: “This is only the beginning. Tyrants, your days are numbered. You can’t fight us and you can’t find us. We strike like lightning and we melt into the night like ghosts … ”
Good grief, he wrote a scene like that back 2001? Well, nobody said Miller wasn't a master of the bombastic. This does confirm something that wasn't clear earlier, but also suggests that at the time, he held onto quite a leftist position. Thank goodness he's changed a lot since then, and today he has more respectable views. Still, this is a very startling bit of history.

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