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A Glimpse of the Superhero Genre: Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
A glimpse of the superhero genre: Frank miller's batman: The dark knight returns

Luke's movie trailer storyboard shows one way students respond playfully and artistically to their experience reading Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2002), the graphic novel I offer to students as a glimpse into the best of the graphic novel superhero genre. Because of the recent slew of Batman films, most students immediately connect to this curriculum and are highly motivated to read; however, students often are stunned as well when they realize some of the difficulties involved in reading such an intertextual and complex graphic novel.

Students’ reactions to reading The Dark Knight Returns, apparent in many of ...

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