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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

Video  -  Animation | Action  -  25 September 2012 (USA)
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Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

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Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

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The last fight begins. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Batman DCU: Mroczny rycerz powrot, czesc 1  »

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This isn't the first time Wade Williams has done a role for projects relating to DC Comics. Subtle references to Jason Todd returning as The Red Hood in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) where Williams portrays Black Mask in that film. He has voiced Mantis / Supreme Chairman in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008) titled "Cry Freedom Fighters!", and Deegan in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011). Most recently, he played the Warden at Blackgate Prison when Selena Kyle was being jailed in The Dark Knight Rises (2012); this was most likely owing to the fact that he played Brad Bellick in Prison Break (2005). Here he portrayed seemingly reformed criminal Harvey Dent / Two-Face in a reversal of roles to both his parts in The Dark Knight Rises and Prison Break. See more »

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Good..but lacking
12 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Returns" comic book revolutionized not only Batman but comic books in general. The cartoon attempts to capture Frank Miller's classic but while watching it I found it curious that after all the money and talent attached to this project...it feels a little empty. I'm not saying it's not a good animation, because it is. It excels at capturing the brutal fight sequences that an older Batman faced in his return to the mean streets of Gotham, especially well. Many scenes are captured straight from the comic and animated as Miller had drawn them. However, in the end I felt this just isn't the treatment that the classic deserves. The animation, outside the action scenes is sometimes dull. Frank Miller kept the non action scenes in the comic visually dynamic by breaking up panels and using interesting page designs to keep us involved and turning the pages. In short, this movie just wasn't gritty enough. The animation is too clean. Yes there's blood, and mud, and broken limbs...but this sort of treatment needed layers of filth and sweat. We needed internal dialogue of a senior citizen Batman going through motions he hasn't committed in a decade. The voice work, lead by Peter Weller as Batman, also lacked the grit to convince us this is Frank Miller's original vision of a Batman who is old, in pain, fed up, and a Gotham City moving in to a new violent direction sans the old crowd. If you read the original and love it...you'll probably like this. If you never read the original, you'll most likely love it.


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