"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns", the four-issue comic book limited series written/illustrated by Frank Miller (Sin City") , was originally published in 1986 by DC Comics under the title "Batman: The Dark Knight".
Set in a dystopian near-future version of 'Gotham City', "The Dark Knight Returns" follows 55-year old 'Batman' who comes out of retirement to fight crime, only to face opposition from the 'Gotham City' police force and the US government.
In this setting, virtually all superheroes, with the exception of 'Superman', have been forced into retirement or otherwise driven away by a distrusting populace.
'Bruce Wayne' aka 'Batman' has voluntarily retired from crime fighting following the death of 'Jason Todd' (the second 'Robin'). In the absence of superheroes, criminals run amok, and a gang called the 'Mutants' terrorize the city.
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