The Dark Knight Returns is an absolute classic and I love the animated adaptation as well, but there’s one relatively small plot point that I’ve never quite been able to wrap my head around. In Book Two, it’s revealed that Nathan Briggs, a top military general, has been selling weapons to the Mutants in order to pay for treatment for his wife’s rare Hodgkin’s disease, which his insurance refused to cover. There are two things that bother me about this:
- Briggs is a four-star general, so how the hell would he not have good enough insurance to get this covered? I can sadly understand the average person not getting such coverage, but you’d think that one of the military’s highest ranking officers would be afforded such care
- Even taking the insurance refusal into account, again, Briggs is a four-star general, so how the hell does he not have enough money to pay for treatment out of pocket?
I know this is a fictional dystopian world where things go badly for most people, but for some reason this has still always stuck out as a plot point where I just haven’t been able to suspend enough disbelief to let it slide. It hardly ruins the book or the movie for me at all, but it’s just annoying enough to keep me thinking about it anyway. Anyone else happen to agree?