Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. … More
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
as Dr. Wolper
as Commissioner Gordon
as The Joker
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Critic Reviews for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
...this first half is essentially throat-clearing before the operatic finale. The pacing seems abrupt and rapid...
If you're a Batman fan, just hearing the words The Dark Knight Returns likely gets you excited, so this film was probably already on your radar...
DC's theatrical releases may be facing a bleak future, but titles like this remind us that their direct-to-video line is alive and well.
Audience Reviews for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
A solidly entertaining adventure that's tremendously respectful to its material. It's a sharp, thrilling and action-packed first part to this two part comic adaptation.More
Not as good as Under the Red Hood for my money, but a step up from Year One. The plot takes awhile to get going and the lack of a proper back story robs it of some much needed motivation towards the beginning because how things got to this point would be interesting to know without having to re-read the whole Batman mythology. It's not like we need a huge background check, just a little reminder like they did in Under the Red Hood. The plot is not one of the strong points, especially since this ends on a cliffhanger and has that incomplete feeling Part 1's tend to have. The mutants are not particularly the best of villains for Batman even though their leader is certainly his equal in terms of muscle power. It does have some decent animation and brutal action sequences that are bloody and intense. Not for little kids in other words. The news segments carried over from the graphic novel simply do not work and feel tacked on. The vocal performances are alright, but not as good as past entries. There's potential here for an even better Part 2 and I certainly hope that is the case. Part 1 is watchable and with a promise of bigger things to come, I am certainly looking forward to Part 2.More
Unlike "Under the Red Hood" (which was a huge disappointment) TDKR lives up to it's legendary comic-book source. The atmosphere of Miller's work is really emphasized here in the stylization and music.
Weller's also a welcome voice actor to the Batman name! Again no Conroy but there's a distinctness to his voice that Greenwood didn't have that I really enjoyed. I think he makes a phenomenal Bruce but there's a "gentlemen" like quality to his voice that he doesn't really bother compensating for when he dons the hood. I wish he'd lower his tone and growl more at times, I mean, he's an angry old man!
The animation is top notch, I mean, not Japanese good but at least the stylization was nice and dark with a use of bold blacks again reminiscent of Bruce Timm's Batman: TAS.
The dialogue and script is perfect, but that's credible to Miller not so much the studio behind the movie; then again I'm glad to see them not fuck up the pacing. :]
A great watch, can't wait for part 2!
Ask any assortment of fans of the Batman comic books and they will name Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns as one of if not THE best Batman story ever told. I am of the mind that it just might be the best (though different era's of the bat make it difficult to really space out honestly), so it of course becomes a challenge of whether or not I can accept an animated version of this story. Thankfully, this falls into the category of DC Universe Animated Original Movies that do not just feel like a motion comic with nothing else to add to the medium it is based upon. While Year One was a nice thing to see in motion, not a lot was added to really necessitate its existence. The Dark Knight Returns is a nice supplement to the book, making various changes to the story, while providing an entertaining experience overall that plays nicely as a tribute to the book it is based upon. Dividing it into two films was also a nice touch, as it allows things to breathe and lets the story escalate, as Part 2 is going to go places that are much wilder than what is presented in Part 1. The animation is solid here, maybe not my favorite look of The Bat, but fitting with the style originally depicted by Miller and inker Klaus Janson. The voice work is strong too, with Weller making for a solid older Wayne/Batman. And of course, getting to see lots of signature moments from the comic and hear various bit dialogue come to life provides plenty of geeky joy. As a Batman and comic fan, I really enjoyed it. For everyone else - those who enjoy DC Animated Comic movies should check this one out.
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