Quote:I remember when The Dark Knight film came out, people all around the world constantly heard that the big main influence on the film was Batman: The Killing Joke. Batman: The Killing Joke was a big influence on the film but so were the first two classic appearances of the Joker, Batman: Year One, several Two-Face comics, and several of the best Joker comics. Still, Batman: The Killing Joke got most of the attention.
Quote:Anyways at the time the general public not into comics was buying Batman: The Killing Joke. Batman: The Killing Joke was selling out at Amazon.com and at bookstores like Barnes and Noble nonstop. Several prominent comic book critics said at the time this was DC's chance to capitalize on the success of The Dark Knight film and do a Batman comic book event that would tie into the classic comic book elements presented in the film for the general public. However DC massively dropped the ball on this. They could have gotten Denny O'Neil, Steve Englehart and Ed Brubaker to come back to do new Batman comics with the same classic comic book feel as The Dark Knight. Instead DC did Batman RIP which just doesn't work at all for the general public and even most hardcore comic book readers have complained about.
Except DC and Marvel have never done that. When the 1989 Batman film came out, the character was about to break in a new partner. In 1992, after the film came out, we had the beginnings of the "Knight Trilogy". 1995 gave us a Batman without Alfred and a Jim Gordon who was a civilian and on the outs with his friend. 2005 gave us a Batman fighting his former partner who was dead and creating a computer intelligence that attacked his allies when it was co-opted. Spider-Man was getting the crap beat out of him by Mourln, while having to deal with a marriage that was shakey in 02. In 04, he was turned into a spider, while battling nearly ever villain in his rouges gallery. In 07, he his aunt was fighting for her life and he was threatening everyone who wants to harm him, while his identity was public.
"R.I.P." was a pre-planned storyline. It was allowed because history showed that aside from 1989, sales on the Bat books never went back up when a new film launched. Nor did it with Marvel after the first Spider-Man film. Hell, it didn't reach the insane numbers that DC had in 89. DC did give us trades that weren't tied into everything. So it's not like people went without.
Well DC has done several comic book events.
Including reprinting classic comics, film comic book adaptations and having special comics focusing on the characters of a particular film.
Trying something new or in this case classic to capitalize on The Dark Knight's success that would get new readers as well as please old fans I doubt would have any negative effects but would only have positive effects.
Sales on Batman: The Killing Joke were massive thanks to The Dark Knight.
Sales on the main comics didn't generally directly go up with the films because like you said the publisher at the time did little to nothing to tie the comics to the films. The publishers have also had a hard time selling the old outdated single issue paper format comic to new readers.