One of the best comics in Batman history is faithfully adapted in this animated miniseries on HBO Max

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There are very few Batman comics as mythical as ‘The return of the Lord of the Night‘, written and drawn by Frank Miller. Along with ‘Watchmen’ by Alan Moore, also published by DC in that same 1986, it is considered the key turning point for superheroes to give an aesthetic (and also industrial) swerve: its success opened the door to formats other than the classic “staples” that were in style at the time). And you can see a faithful animated adaptation in two parts (here Y here) on HBO Max.

Is about a couple of relatively recent movies (2012) that continue the general quality of DC animated adaptations, which since the nineties have presented us with some of the best incarnations of Batman on the screen, sometimes even above the movies. In this case, we also have a star voicing Bruce Wayne / Batman: Peter Weller, who played Robocop in the character’s films.

Both the comic and the movie send us to an alternative Earth in which the eighties have a futuristic aspect. A 55-year-old Batman, with the help of a new Robin (if Netflix did this sex change we would already have people crying, but Frank Miller came up with it in 1986) face the dangerous gang of Mutants, who are subjugating Gotham. And they also collide with a few old acquaintances of the Bat Man: Two-Face, Joker… and Superman, who now works for the Government.

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‘The return of the Lord of the Night’ is such a colossal work, and reformulates the Batman icon in such a way (reinterpreting its meanings, sharpening to its edges, giving it a complete facelift to its aesthetic) that has influenced comics and films of the character in multiple ways. ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ or many plot ideas from Nolan’s films have come from Miller’s comic. And here you have the best possible adaptation.

There are very few Batman comics as mythical as ‘The return of the Lord of the Night‘, written and drawn…

There are very few Batman comics as mythical as ‘The return of the Lord of the Night‘, written and drawn…

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