Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
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Based on Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel, this intense andvisually inventive two-part animated film tells the story of analternate future for Batman. Although the Dark Knight is retired fromcrime fighting, Gotham City still needs its hero. In part I, after thedeath of his protégé Jason Todd, billionaire industrialist Bruce Waynewas forced to retire from his Batman persona. Now, ten years later,Gotham City is overrun with crime and terrorized by a gang known as theMutants. When the 55-year-old Wayne finds out that former districtattorney Harvey Dent, also known as the villainous Two-Face, has goneinto hiding, he is driven to don the cape and cowl again to battle thecrime epidemic. After Batman rescues her, 13-year-old Carrie Kelleydresses as Robin and helps the aging Batman prevail in a violentconflict with Dent and the Mutants.]]>
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Frank Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" not only had an effect on the entire comic book industry, it influenced director Tim Burton to make a serious film adaptation based on the super hero that turned into a multi-billion dollar franchise. Many fans and historians would say it is responsible for the popularity of comic book movies today.
It's been ten years since Batman's last appearance in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne has retired the cape and cowl for a life of tedium and drinking. He meets occasionally with Commissioner Gordon for drinks and to talk about the state of the world. Gordon knows Wayne's secret and is one of his only confidants.
Bruce begins having horrible nightmares about his parents' deaths and witnesses Gotham City digress even further into the depths of depravity at the hands of a new criminal syndicate calling themselves the Mutants. He's driven to suit up once again to take on the homicidal maniacs and show the citizens of Gotham City that they need not live in fear any longer.
"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" is the best animated feature film DC and Warner Premiere have released. There's no other way of putting it. It feels epic and holds a cinematic flare that the other entries in the DC animated super hero movie franchise haven't accomplished. That's not to say they aren't good or worthy of praise.Read more ›
As a life long fan of Frank Millers Graphic Novel I was excited to see this following Batman Year One which also served the source proud.
There are a few differences from the source. Most notably, Millers trademark voice over narrative of Batman is gone. In the comic we really got into Bruce's head and Batman's. The good news is that I did not really notice this until I got my novel out after viewing. This does not detract from the great story. Another difference is the scene with the general who supplies the Mutants with weapons. There is an additional scene where Batman confronts the general rather than finding him dead.
The film finishes in a perfect place with the fight with the mutant with the incredible line "...this is an operating table and I'm the surgeon."
The voice talent is top notch. I'm a Kevin Conroy fan but Peter 'Robocop' Weller does a great job and its good to hear and see Batman and he truly belongs in the animated universe. The problem with Nolan's live action films is that they are great crime dramas but everytime Batman is on the screen it is embarrassing. It is a man in a suit with a stupid voice. It never worked for me.
This animation however, is a great experience and I cannot wait for part 2.
Extras on the blu-ray include a sneak peek at part 2, a couple of episodes from the animated series (Two Face) and a series of trailers.
Buy it now.
Now on to the Animated movie. AMAZING!!! Having read the Novel I was excited to see this come out as the original Batman Animated series from the 90's did tease us with small clips here and there and gave us a taste of what it would be like to see the Novel animated. Now backed with outstanding performances from Peter Weller (RoboCop movies) who plays an aged Bruce Wayne/Batman and an almost exact frame to frame shot sequences from the comic books, it gave me chills. Whether you are a Batman, comic book fan or not, if you consider yourself a fan of good quality story telling and well done animation this is a great buy. Keeping this short and simple, lots of memorable moments that really stick out. Hearing Peter Weller's voice rumbling through my surround sound set up with one of my all time favorite quotes from the movie gave me goosebumps: "You don't get it son, this isn't a Mud-Hole, it's an operating table...and I'm the surgeon."
Already waiting to pre-order Part 2.
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Felt it was pretty faithful to the original comic. Some very nice captures of images/pages from the original comic.Published 18 days ago by J Thomas
Don't bother with Batman v Superman. Buy this. This is the bold source material Hollywood is diluting to make a CGI-fest movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grey101
Got here on time and my husband and son said it was a great watch!Published 2 months ago by Tilya Petrus
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