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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)




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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.

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Peter Weller
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
David Selby
as Commissioner Gordon
Wade Williams
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Michael McKean
as Dr. Wolper
Michael Emerson
as The Joker

Critic Reviews for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

All Critics (5)

...this first half is essentially throat-clearing before the operatic finale. The pacing seems abrupt and rapid...

December 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Extremely violent animated addition to the Batman story.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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...

October 1, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's highly respectful of the work on which it is based, yet also a solidly entertaining effort in its own right.

September 24, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1


Beginning with an old and grizzled Batman who has retired, new threats begin to arise, needing the caped crusader to awaken once again to fight the battles nobody else can. With a very slow burn to start, this first half really focusses the viewers in on the trauma that his character has faced in the past. I really enjoyed the build up to his past coming back to haunt him. It is revealed that villains of the past are still around, and when Batman strikes back into action, they are ready to give themselves purpose once again. Very well written, well executed, and helming some terrific animation, this is a very well-told story. My biggest complaint is that is drags a little too much for my taste.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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