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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
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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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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 14 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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