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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Reviews

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February 21, 2017
Grade - C
It's not awful, but the first part of this adaptation of Frank Miller's much loved comic book, for the most part, moves at a very slow pace, with way too much set up and exposition than it needs. It's basically a drawn out teaser for part 2.
½ February 14, 2017
One of the greatest outings DC animation has ever produced. The storytelling to get Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl is amazing. The mutants stranglehold on Gotham forces the return of the Batman once again. Storyline B with the Joker becoming interested in crime again is also amazing. Great adaptation from comic to film.
February 8, 2017
Great animation and action but a few disappointments and unnecessary acts just make it good enough. This comic book adaption based off the Dark Knight Returns is not great but good because of a few things. 1 disappointment was Robin was a girl now i know its part of the comic but its about the movie not comic. Anyways robin is robin except a girl its nice to see a female robin but its an okay disappointment. One good thing is the animation with water flying, lightning striking, blood spattering, its well designed in many ways. The animation is one of the great things the movie offers and brings the movie to life. Another bad thing is the fights between Batman and the mutant leader they are action packed but thats not the problem. The second fight was unnecessary because batman is just beating and nearing killing him batman doesn't kill. Another good thing is the last 2 fights you may be thinking "didn't you say you they are confusing?" Yes i did i never said the fight sequence was bad. They are entertaining as one of the best animated batman movie fights in my opinion! They are fun to watch especially to animated fight fans or violent fans. (i am none but a little bit) So my conclusion: Action-packed, disappointing, beautifully animated, confusing, and just plain entertainment. 3 stars 78%
½ January 13, 2017
It's good movie to watch
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2017
A good story and some pretty violent action all works well but I didn't enjoy the voice cast and it was pretty slow in places that really ruined this for me, It did get better and better but for some reason I couldn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping for.
½ January 8, 2017
It's not often you get to see a animated film of this quality DC actually has a good amount of animated titles (Under the Redhood , Batman Year One , Justice League Crisis On Two Earths , Flashpoint) that i feel should have gone for a wide theatrical release. I loved this movie its essientially a exact film remake of the Frank Miller graphic novel which is one of my all time favorite Batman stories. The animation is quite impressive at how much it mimics the graphic novel artwork. Definitely worth the watch and may even buy this one.
December 22, 2016
this is a bloodier, much more mature version of Batman
it's the first half of a two-parter chronicling Bruce Wayne's absence and resurgence as the Dark Knight
he's aging, a bit slower but can't escape the fact that Gotham still needs a protector
Gotham is being overrun by the mutant gangs, Commissioner Gordon is retiring, and Robin is gone
even a new and upcoming female Robin wants to help Batman
but he still faces public scrutiny; does Batman inspire people to save the city or fall into vigilante thinking? is he ultimately responsible for creating the very insane villains that he puts away?
there's no easy answer so Bruce takes it upon himself to get things done
an ok start
November 26, 2016
Using the endless amounts of creativity animation has to offer, Warner Bros. Animation manages to craft an intense Batman movie that serves as a showcase for interesting social commentary as well as the hard-knuckled action we've come to expect from the animated Batman movies.
½ October 26, 2016
A decent adaptation of the classic graphic novel even when the translation doesn't exactly work on screen.
October 22, 2016
The vesion I saw was a 76 minutes. I think Flixster made a mistake on the time. I usually don't watch the cartoon versions, but I gave this a go. I was surprised that it kept my interest. The animation isn't the greatest, but the story and actors keep it moving.
September 19, 2016
Old heroes never die. Not sure if true to its source material, but definitely pays tribute. TDKR Part 1 feels like an animated version of "Batman Begins". Dark, intense, thought provoking and talented voice acting makes this one of the best Batman animated movies.
½ September 4, 2016
The best portrayal of the relationship between Bruce Wayne and the Batman that I've ever seen.
September 4, 2016
Fantastic first part
August 25, 2016
Frank Miller's Batman is one of a kind, he portrays the dark side of being a hero for far too long. One of the best animated movie with the best script. The script follows Bruce Wayne ten years after his retirement when his past comes back to haunt him. Batman takes the law into his own hands and ends the criminal empire. He ends up recruiting some of the criminals to take over his role to protect the citizens of Gotham. Definitely add this to your library.
August 5, 2016
It makes the comic book come to life like no other production.
½ August 2, 2016
Horrible voice acting, a weak storyline (at least the first half of it) and a very uncharacteristic representation of all, The Dark Knight Returns just does not fit with any of the pre established Batman mythos and is the first proof that Mr. Miller should've kept to his own devices, not those of DC Comics.
July 23, 2016
Good movie. The story is incredibly well-written and thought-provoking, the animation is superb and stylish, but the voice cast just don't quite fill their shoes perfectly, Winter and Jackson being the best in their roles.
June 5, 2016
Few artists have ever captured the depth of character and dark soul of
one of D.C's most popular characters like Frank Miller. Miller's
version of Batman has always been strangely non-cannon, and using his
unique style of storytelling to his advantage, he sets himself apart
from the main events of the Dark Knight. He created his own world for
these characters, and was given free reign to do so. So, for those of
you who have never read 'The Dark Knight Returns' (ISBN 1-56389-342-8);
please go out and read it before delving into this spectacular

The Dark Knight shows us an aged and heavily alcoholic Bruce Wayne,
some years after he has given up the mantle of the Batman. He's in his
mid fifties, still a strongly driven man, but without any purpose.
After rounding up and beating down on Gotham's criminals for nearly
three decades, he had to give up the fight for unknown reasons. Perhaps
to let the city decide its own fate and let the people choose what is
to become of Gotham. Maybe because they simply wouldn't stand for him
anymore, nor would they let the Batman reign terror down on city
streets at night, above the law of everyone else. But the time between
then and now has weighed down on Bruce Wayne's shoulders, and the city
is rife with even more corruption, crime, and violence than ever
before. At the same time, the emergence of a new gang of criminals that
go by the moniker 'The Mutants' only aggravates a city on the brink.
Specifically violent, and always willing to sacrifice their own lives
in the process, the Mutant's crimes are particularly heinous.
Kidnapping, assault, and murder are their way of life. They have taken
up a particular grudge with the now 70 year old Commissioner Gordon,
and only a few short weeks before his retirement. Bruce is compelled by
the Batman to once again don the cape and cowl, and seek out vengeance
against those who would do harm to the innocent.

This is no children's story... not by any means. It is dark, perhaps
only less so than Miller's more famous works in his 'Sin City' series.
But this animation is not Miller's original comic. This is an
interesting, if slightly more tame version of the comic released in
1986. The art itself is a wonderful rendition meant to emulate Miller's
more contrastive style of art. Fortunately it is not too heavily
altered, despite such heavy use of digital design. They keep the
dialogue true to the original, if only for some slight altercations
(Gordon's smoking habit for one). But Jay Oliva does a great job of
approaching the theme of the original, which was such a violent and
heavy theme in itself. The corruption and abuse of the innocent, and
how good men and women are willing to do nothing to stop it. This movie
shows us Batman at his oldest, perhaps weakest moments, and questions
if he still has the will to continue the fight.

This film is not without the typical problems associated with comic to
film renditions. There is heavy use of digital filler here in the
framework, which leads to some repetitious use of the same scenes over
and over again. Peter Weller did a good job overall with expressing
that effort and exhaustion of Bruce Wayne through his voice. Several of
the dialogue scenes between the mutant's and their way of talking
seemed strangely dated and fairly silly or out of place. They also
never quite seemed threatening enough in this version, to warrant the
kind of media coverage they get, rather they seemed like Saturday
morning cartoon goons, who await orders from their big boss, and never
really get anything done. The saving point of the film however is the
phenomenal soundtrack, which is reminiscent of the famous Christopher
Nolan 'Dark Knight' series, where composer Hans Zimmer created some fantastic
orchestral works. It keeps the pace of the film, and has some
absolutely fantastic moments throughout which lends to that feeling
that you are watching something of epic proportions.

It is a fantastic effort by the D.C animation crew. Something you don't
want to miss if you are a Batman fan. Most importantly it is an
excellent retelling of one of the best stories ever written about the

May 21, 2016
best one of batman so far
May 21, 2016
Awesome, fantastic, one of the best Batman animated movie of all time. So far this movie ties with the red hood Batman movie. I love everything about this movie including robin, a brand new robin, she was fantastic, Batman everywhere in this movie was awesome tacular, he's old but can still kick some butt. Same as commissioner Gordon, he's going to retire in the next animated movie, I bet. But the only thing I don't like in this movie is the villains, the mutant squad or organization, they look exactly like krangs mutant robot that he's in from the original teenage mutant ninja turtles animated tv show.
I also hated that Kevin Conroy didn't play Batman in this movie but the guy who does it in this movie is fine, not the best like Kevin Conroy but decent. I can't wait for part 2 of the dark knight returns.
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