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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

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DCU: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (DVD)

Based on Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel, this intense and visually inventive two-part animated film tells the story of an alternate future for Batman. Although the aging Dark Knight has returned to crime fighting, Gotham City and the rest of America no longer want his brand of vigilantism. In part II, Gotham's new commissioner orders Batman's arrest, but Batman defeats the police before going after the Joker, who has mind-controlled a senator into ordering a nuclear strike on Russia. During a violent altercation, Batman breaks the Joker's neck in front of horrified witnesses and escapes. Meanwhile, Superman is severely injured while deflecting the missile, which still creates an electromagnetic pulse that sends the entire country into chaos. Humiliated when Batman and his followers restore order in Gotham, proving the commissioner wrong, the U.S. President sends Superman to bring down Batman once and for all.

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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Michael Emerson, David Selby, Michael McKean, Ariel Winter
  • Directors: Jay Oliva
  • Writers: Bob Goodman
  • Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Sam Register, Bruce W. Timm, Michael E. Uslan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (548 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2LFXVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Part 2 steps it up, From brutal rendetions Batman's crushing punches, Jokers an omnisexual, truly homicidal killing nightmare to Superman's immense power yet patriotic imbecilic servitude this is the finest adult animation DC has ever produced . Be warned this is violent and bloody with the Joker scenes being painted red with chilling death scenes. The Superman Batman throw down is truly epic and cinematic with a movie quality score. Peter Weller does a fantastic job capturing the hyper intelligent, brooding, serious and pragmatic older man Batman who's burning rage cannot be quenched from his traumatic childhood scarrring.
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Olivia has crafted a masterpiece with the second half of this epic. While never forgetting that he was in service to the story, Oliva clarified muddy plot points and streamlined Miller's work while remaining true to the sequence of the story STEP FOR STEP. The voice acting was superb, with Weller's weary, resonant baritone serving well in the place of iconic Kevin Conroy.

This two-part feature has become my benchmark for animated interpretation of graphic novels, and has my highest recommendation.
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I wanted to like this and the previous Part 1. Really, I did. I've been re-reading the graphic novel every few years since it came out in 1986, and I hear the dialogue in my head as I get to each panel. When DC released the direct-to-video version, I had high hopes for how they'd translate it to the screen, and looked forward to seeing it animated.

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.
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A great story like Dark Knight Returns gets a two-part treatment, and just like Part 1, Part 2 is just as great to watch, even with some parts that got cut out of the adaptation (like Joker's "kiss of death" with the Dr. Ruth Westeinheimer expy). Again Peter Weller voices the older Batman, and I'm surprised to notice Justice League's Maria Canals voicing his pursuant Commissioner Ellen Yindel, who at first sees Batman as a menace but then realizes her predecessor Jim Gordon's words, that he's just "too big". Superman comes into the picture to try reining Batman back into silent compliance with the government, but that doesn't go over too well for a man who best works in the shadows and tries to avoid being front-page news even as the press still continues to report his activities. And of course, the Joker comes out of retirement for one last go-round with the Dark Knight, seeing how far he will push his nemesis to ultimately killing him.

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.
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By C. Johnson on January 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed part 2. I couldn't wait to check it out when I saw the initial trailer for it. Hopefully others will enjoy this as much as I did. This will definitely have you wanting more. I will pick up the best buy release when it hit the stores for the joker figurine that comes with it. Very dark, the way batman should be seen. Loved it.
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I'm sure other customers have made note of this, but I know that some people are still confused and don't understand this two part "Dark Knight" animated video is not Saturday morning fare. These are rather faithful adaptations of the greatest Batman story of all time, "The Dark Knight Returns, " by the brilliant Frank Miller.

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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