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

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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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Jay Oliva

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Bob Kane (character created by: Batman), Frank Miller (comic book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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) (as Catherine Cavadini)
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)
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Storyline

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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Gotham City Belongs To The Batman (Deluxe Edition) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Commissioner James Gordon is picking up nicotine gum in the convenience store before killing the Mutant gang member, there are other DC Comics titles on the magazine rack. Ones featured notably are Swamp Thing (1982), Watchmen (2009), V for Vendetta (2005), and Sandman. All but "Sandman" have received a movie treatment. See more »

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Man on Street # 1: [being interviewed about Batman's resurgence] It makes me sick to see such a violation of people's rights. We have to strive to reintegrate the disenfranchised into society, not revel in their punishment. We have to show patience. Excuse me? No, I'd never live in the city.
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Alternate Versions

A version was released on October 8, 2013 entitled 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Deluxe Edition'. This version combines both parts into a single 148 minute movie. however it cuts out the newscast part from the opening scene of Part 2. See more »

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Version of Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) See more »

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Excellent Adaptation That Falls Just Short of Epic
27 September 2012 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

An impressively loyal adaptation of one of comics' most important stories, complete with social commentary, nods at dark chapters of the character's history and a glut of wanton brutality. Despite being ripped violently into two pieces, the story still functions very well and reaches a natural climax in time for the credits to roll after a drawn-out 75 minutes. I fear the end result may be a less-dense arching plot line, especially as most of the political commentary was removed from this chapter (presumably as it won't be relevant until the second) but there's still more than enough pulp to go around. While the storyline is doggedly faithful (indeed, most of the dialog is copied verbatim from the source), the artwork is both influenced by and notably distanced from Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's amazing work on the printed page. And, while that does rob the story of some of its character, the result is suitable enough; fresh but also familiar. Peter Weller turns in some decent work as the voice of Bruce Wayne, but I couldn't help but daydream about how Kevin Conroy would have approached the material. Very good, if not perfect.


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