DID YOU KNOW? Batman movie have always drawn certain story elements from the comic books, but Batman v Superman is borrowing its thematic arc and tone from one of the most famous Batman stories there is. That story is “The Dark Knight Returns” by writer/author/filmmaker Frank Miller, whose work has been the inspiration for several esteemed comic book movies, including 300 and Batman Begins. “Dark Knight Returns” miniseries was released in 1986, and basically chronicles a story where a middle-aged Bruce Wayne re-dons the Batman suit after years in retirement, in order to free Gotham City from darker threats than it’s ever faced. When Batman’s activities anger those in power, the president deputizes Superman to bring The Dark Knight in, using any means necessary.