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Release Date:
25 September 2012 (USA) See more »
Old heroes never die. They just get darker. See more »
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? | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Peter Weller ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

Ariel Winter ... Robin / Carrie Kelley (voice)

David Selby ... Commissioner Gordon (voice)

Wade Williams ... Harvey Dent (voice)

Carlos Alazraqui ... Hernando (voice)

Dee Bradley Baker ... Don (voice)

Paget Brewster ... Lana Lang (voice)

Maria Canals-Barrera ... Ellen Yindel (voice) (as Maria Canals)

Cathy Cavadini ... Joanie (voice)

Townsend Coleman ... Morrie (voice)

Grey Griffin ... Anchor Carla (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)

Richard Doyle ... The Mayor (voice)

Greg Eagles ... Mackie (voice)

Michael Emerson ... Joker (voice)
Michael Jackson ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)

Danny Jacobs ... Merkel (voice)

Maurice LaMarche ... Dr. Herbert Willing / Anchor Tom (voice)

Yuri Lowenthal ... Son of Batman / Rookie Police Officer (voice)

Michael McKean ... Dr. Bartholomew Wolper (voice)

Sam McMurray ... Anchor Ted (voice)

Jim Meskimen ... General Briggs (voice)

Rob Paulsen ... Rob / Robber (voice)
Andrea Romano ... Woman (voice)

Tara Strong ... Michelle / Anchor Trish / Young Bruce Wayne / Kevin Ridley (voice)

James Patrick Stuart ... Murray (voice)

Gary Anthony Sturgis ... Silk (voice) (as Gary Sturgis)

James Arnold Taylor ... Mr. Hudson / Store Woner (voice)
Bruce W. Timm ... Thomas Wayne (voice) (as Bruce Timm)

Jim Ward ... Femur's Lawyer (voice)

Frank Welker ... Mayor Stevenson / Weather Man (voice)

Gary Anthony Williams ... Mutant Leader / Anchor Bill (voice)

Jim Wise ... Femur (voice)

Gwendoline Yeo ... Lola Chong (voice)

Directed by
Jay Oliva 
Writing credits
Bob Kane (character created by: Batman)

Frank Miller (comic book) &
Klaus Janson (comic book)

Bob Goodman (written by)

Bob Kane (characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon, Harvey Dent & The Joker) uncredited

Bill Finger (characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon, Harvey Dent, The Joker & Lana Lang) uncredited

Jerry Robinson (characters: Alfred Pennyworth & The Joker) uncredited

John Sikela (character: Lana Lang) uncredited

Produced by
Alan Burnett .... co-producer
Michael Macasero .... associate producer
Benjamin Melniker .... executive producer
Sam Register .... executive producer
Bruce W. Timm .... executive producer
Michael Uslan .... executive producer (as Michael E. Uslan)
Original Music by
Christopher Drake (original music by)
Film Editing by
Christopher D. Lozinski 
Casting by
Meredith Layne 
Makeup Department
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist
Lois McIntosh .... hair stylist: daily crew
Production Management
Cory Gustke .... production manager
Matthew Mahoney .... assistant production manager
Art Department
Brendan Clogher .... storyboard artist
Tim Divar .... storyboard artist
Lynell Forestall .... storyboard artist
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi .... storyboard artist/revisionist
Jay Hong .... background design
Sam Liu .... storyboard artist
Kathryn Marusik .... storyboard revisionist
Lauren Montgomery .... storyboard artist
Christina Sotta .... storyboard clean-up artist
Keo Thongkham .... storyboard artist
Christie Tseng .... storyboard clean-up artist
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard artist
Melchior Zwyer .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Kelly Ann Foley .... dialogue editor (as Kelly Foley Downs)
Patrick J. Foley .... dialogue editor
Mike Garcia .... dialogue editor
Robert Hargreaves .... sound designer
Robert Hargreaves .... sound effects editor
Robert Hargreaves .... sound re-recording mixer
John Hegedes .... re-recording mixer (as John K. Hegedes)
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
George Brooks .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mark Keatts .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Matthew Girardi .... visual effects
Animation Department
Jen Bennett .... storyboard clean-up artist
Matthew Bordenave .... color key artist
Michael Chang .... storyboard
Andy Chiang .... model designer
Brendan Clogher .... storyboard artist
Tim Divar .... storyboard
Bill Dunn .... background key painter
Lynell Forestall .... character designer
Lynell Forestall .... storyboard
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi .... storyboard clean-up artist
Stephen B. Jones .... character designer
Danny Kimanyen .... character designer
Sam Liu .... storyboard
Lauren Montgomery .... storyboard
Rick Morales .... storyboard
Justin Schultz .... animation checker
Coran Stone .... character designer
Owen Sullivan .... storyboard
Jon Suzuki .... lead character designer
Junpei Takayama .... character designer
Keo Thongkham .... storyboard
Brian Uchida .... character designer
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard
Melchior Zwyer .... character designer
Melchior Zwyer .... storyboard
Editorial Department
Steven White .... on-line editor
Transportation Department
Shahin Moatazed-Keyvany .... unit driver
Angelo Sotereanos .... production driver
Ian Yea .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Neil A. Cole .... publicist
Luisa Guzman .... production accountant
Vivian Hernandez .... production support
Michele Karpel .... production support
Audrey Kim .... production support
Debbie Lindquist .... production accountant
Tamara Miles .... production support
John Nixon .... senior armoury technician
Andrea Romano .... voice director
Maral Simonian .... production accountant
Kira Tirimacco .... production support
Renee Toporzysek .... production support
Athena Wingate .... production accountant

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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action
76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

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For children's marketing reasons, the scene where Commissioner Gordon is smoking a cigar in the graphic novel is replaced with nicotine gum. Commissioner Gordon actually explains this stating, "My wife made me quit the cigars."See more »
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The fan-favorite classic: Expanded, elaborated and faithfully replicated, 19 October 2012
Author: xamtaro from

One of the most beloved Batman tales finally gets the animation treatment. So influential was Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" that it inspired Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan when they were crafting their live action Batman movies, as well as the 1990s Batman animated series (which gave birth to an entire universe of DC animated shows). Warner decided to split the tale, originally spread over 4 issues, into 2 movies. Turns out that it was an excellent decision which not only successfully adapted the first half of Frank Miller's epic, but added layers to the story and characters that the limited page count of the graphic novel could not leave in.

Rarely does an adaptation surpass the original source material. But Dark Knight Returns part 1 is just such an example of an animated movie that is not only true to its source material, but expands upon it. The original was great; the animated adaptation makes it better. The story will sound familiar to anyone who watched Christopher Nolan's "The dark Knight Rises". It has been years since Batman went into retirement. Billionaire Bruce Wayne now drifts from day to day hoping that the people of Gotham can take care of themselves. But now, a new threat emerges: The Mutants. A vast gang of street thugs led by their grotesque but incredibly strong and savage leader. Despite his age, Bruce is forced to become Batman once again to save his city. But can the aging crime fighter stand up to a threat that is faster, stronger and more powerful than he has ever been? And what happens when Batman comes face to face with his old nemesis Two-Face? Beyond the narrative lies a thorough deconstruction of the Batman character, especially when played opposite the two main villains, Two Face and the Mutant Leader. Both villains serve as a dark reflection of Batman himself. Like Two Face, Bruce Wayne and Batman are presented as two separate personalities fighting for control. But is Batman truly just a mask Bruce wears? Or is it the other way around? And as for the mutant leader, both he and Batman operate as a symbol to inspire others to action. One a symbol of chaos and crime, the other a symbol of hope and justice. But if the mutant leader's extreme acts can rouse Batman to return to vigilantism, so too can Batman's actions rouse criminals to return to their old ways (as one character claims in the story).

The characters are brought to life by a fine voice cast who nail their roles perfectly. Peter Weller of Robocop fame takes the role of Batman; a role that may comes across as a monotone baritone at first. But Weller infuses Batman's voice with nuance and subtlety which fits the character well. The only downside is that despite wanting to show a dichotomy between Batman and Bruce Wayne, Weller uses the same tone of voice throughout the whole movie; Compared to previous voice actors, like Kevin Conroy, who used different speech patterns and tones for Wayne and Batman.

A lot of deep themes about the nature of heroism vs vigilantism abound in this tale, all of which were in the original comic but just expanded upon in the animation medium. On that note, the animation presented here is the perfect balance of fluidity and art detail. Iconic frames, memorable battles and atmospheric scenes are replicated faithfully. Movie goers will be able to see many scenes that Nolan's Batman trilogy lifted from THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, including a fight scene illuminated intermittently by a gun's muzzle flash. Its only downside is that Warner decided to use its generic color palate rather than replicate the muted tones and heavy grays colored by Lynn Varley in the original artwork.

Fans would be pleased at how true to the original this is and how it expands on the original, smoothening out the rough edges while adding a whole new dimension to the characters. The action is intense and beautifully animated, accompanied by an epic score by Christopher Drake. This is a true ADAPTATION that does not translate the comic wholesale but translates the comic while making full use of the animated movie medium.

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