The Dark Knight, along with new sidekick Robin, have finally reclaimed Gotham City and allowed a ray of hope to penetrate the reign of terror that The Mutants had cast upon his city. With Batman back in the spotlight, the extended media coverage has awoken a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum, The Joker! Forever destined to be mortal enemies, The Joker has a diabolical scheme that may pull Batman down to the darkest levels of insanity. While on the horizon, a global catastrophe races towards Gotham and with it comes a familiar face, The Man of Steel, though this time he has Batman in his sights. Witness as the aging Dark Knight wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.]]>
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 [Blu-ray]
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This two-part feature has become my benchmark for animated interpretation of graphic novels, and has my highest recommendation.
It's not bad, certainly. They did a fair job, but there were two gaping holes in my opinion. First, the creators of the movies did away with the internal monologue that was the real treat. What set TDKR apart from the rest of the comics at the time was the inside look at what's going on in Bruce Wayne/Batman's head. You followed along with his thought process as he looked at the world as it had become, and it was the combination of the story being told (which was fairly well represented in the movie) with the monologue that provided the glue that held it together. His running internal commentary as he chases the Joker through the Tunnel of Love. His internal commentary as he beat the snot out of Superman. The creators have taken some of that internal monologue and turned it into dialogue, but it's just not the same. I expected to hear the monologue as part of the soundtrack to the action, and the lack of that monologue reduced the film to merely an animated version of the action on the panels, not what the story was about.
Secondly, I'm afraid I've been spoiled by other voice actors. Ever since Batman: TAS came out, I hear Kevin Conroy's voice in my head when I read something thought or said by the character. It was certainly interesting to hear Peter Weller's voice bring some Robocop-like nuances to the role, but Weller's voice fell short.Read more ›
As with Part 1, the animation and artwork is excellent, as a sort of mix between the original comic book style and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. It's definitely worth a purchase if you're into Batman.
When the chapters of this graphic novel were first released in 1986, readers everywhere in the country had their minds blown. For the first time, the whole concept of Batman and the comic book universe he lives in was elevated to the level of actual literature. Comic book elements important to the genre were still there, brutal fights, impossible gizmos, over-the-top dramatics - but all done in a fresh way that gave these elements new life in the context of the dark, futuristic world Miller created.
As a big fan of the original work, I'm very pleased with these animations, especially since much of Miller's unique illustrative style is captured all throughout.
Great story, very well done, and a worthy modern homage to Miller's masterpiece. DON'T buy this series as just more discs to toss in the kid's stack - These two parts make up a big, epic adult movie as gripping as the live action Nolan trilogy.
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It is the best novel to cartoon adaptation I seen in years. I love these guys, and what Miller did in the novel is beautifully represented in this movie. 5 stars, all the way!Published 17 days ago by David Rivas
Love it, Zack Snyder should have watched it. BATMANVSUPERMAN probably would have been a good movie if he did.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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