Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has officially hit theaters, and has driven comic book fans wild. For the first time ever, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel have faced off on the silver screen, in one of the coolest cinematic showdowns ever committed to film. If nothing else, Dawn of Justice has proven that Zack Snyder knows his stuff, and has no trouble adapting comic books source material to the big screen.

It’s been well publicized that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice takes ample inspiration from Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. One look at the general appearance of Ben Affleck’s Batman decked out for battle could tell you that. However, the film contains numerous, more obscure references to the source material that casual audiences might not have picked up on. We’ve combed through Batman V Superman and picked out ten of the best references to The Dark Knight Returns...

"My parents taught me a different lesson..."
Chris Terrio wrote a top notch script when he penned Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he made sure to throw in some of Miller’s best lines for all of us fans, as well. He adapted numerous quotes from various iconic DC stories, but one of the best moments comes towards the end of the titular battle, when Batfleck utters the iconic speech: "My parents taught me a different lesson... lying on this street... shaking in deep shock... dying for no reason at all. They showed me that the world only makes sense when you force it to." It’s heartbreaking, and completely encapsulates the psychology of this version of Batman. He’s been hurt before, and he’ll never let himself be hurt again.

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