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wK92

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litlte kon-el

Subj: Re: The key wtih Frank Miller's Batman: Year One
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 12:25:28 am EST
Reply Subj: The key wtih Frank Miller's Batman: Year One
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 09:27:47 pm EST

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> Personally I think it is an amazing story.I think it helps to take into account the time of its release.At the time Batman NEEDED to be brought back to street level.That book did it.
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It wasn't like Batman wasn't "Street Level" before this. Previous writers had Batman as the Dark Knight long before Miller decided to give his version.

The key with B:YO is that no one had ever thought of depicting the Dark Knight as slightly unhinged...almost making Batman Robert DiNero from Taxi Driver (check out the scene where Batman confronts Selina for the first time and tell me that isn't out of Taxi Driver).

I think Miller is unique because he told the "last Batman story" and hte "first Batman story" for the generation growing up after the Crisis Reboot. His work is influential because everyone in between has had to write by acknowledging his version of Batman. Even the movies have had to acknowledge it...with Batman Begins taking as much from the original Ras Al Ghul stories as from Miller's Batman from Year One.

- little kon-el

> > Personally I think it is an amazing story.I think it helps to take into account the time of its release.At the time Batman NEEDED to be brought back to street level.That book did it.
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> It wasn't like Batman wasn't "Street Level" before this. Previous writers had Batman as the Dark Knight long before Miller decided to give his version.

What I meant is that he had lost his street level focus if you ask me.Sure in the 40s we had a street level Batman fighting gangsters,but after the 50s and 60s sci fi campy stuff,and then the 70s Neal Adams supernatural stuff(great stories by the way),it needed to be brought back to the forefront.Year One accomplished that.

The unhinged part is correct though.Very true.Batman hasnt been treated the same since Frank got a hold of him.