My World Of Flops: A sequel to skip case file #79: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

Frank Miller’s revisionist 1986 masterpiece Batman: The Dark Knight Returns changed comic books forever. But its influence went far beyond comics. Miller’s take on Bruce Wayne and Batman made pop culture safe for heroes who weren’t just brooding and dark but borderline unhinged. Thanks largely to Miller’s enduring influence, when a Batman/Superman movie was recently announced, audiences had been conditioned to expect a grim, dispiriting, joyless exploration of the unrelenting nastiness of existence instead of a fun movie children might be able to enjoy, or even watch without being traumatized or disappointed.

Batman V Superman delivered on that promise, unfortunately. While the superhero movie got eviscerated by critics, Ben Affleck’s Batman was …

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