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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jay Oliva

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About the Movie

Based on Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel, this intense and visually inventive two-part animated film tells the story of a nalternate future for Batman. Although the Dark Knight is retired from crime fighting, Gotham City still needs its hero. In part I, after the death of his protégé Jason Todd, billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne was forced to retire from his Batman persona. Now, ten years later,Gotham City is overrun with crime and terrorized by a gang known as the Mutants. When the 55-year-old Wayne finds out that former district attorney Harvey Dent, also known as the villainous Two-Face, has gone into hiding, he is driven to don the cape and cowl again to battle the crime epidemic. After Batman rescues her, 13-year-old Carrie Kelley dresses as Robin and helps the aging Batman prevail in a violent conflict with Dent and the Mutants.

Customer Reviews

The Dark knight in all his glory

Having read the Graphic noval to the point i needed to buy a replacement, this is a much anticipated animated film. Before i go further, Dear Luciver, Carrie Kelly is wearing glasses, not goggles. This takes place in the not so distant future, and i feel Frank Miller used this as a way of changing some styles while making others seem retro. You also have to remember this was originally released in the mid 1980's, and also has that post punk, big shoulder pad feel to it...
Ok. Now to the guts of the beast. If done right, this might be the best thing DC animation has ever accomplished. I have read this has been Bruce Timm's dream, and you can tell he is a big fan from the homage to this tale he placed in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. As a side note, i do kind of wished they has asked Michael Ironside to voice Batman, as he did on this homage, as it was so good...
The whole idea of a two part movie makes me very happy, as there is a ton of material to cover, and a 90 minute film would not have done it any justice at all. There are at least five different stories in this tale, from the Mutants, Two-Face, Superman, Carrie Kelly and the relationship she has for her new mentor, and Superman, now an agent of a corrupt and overly zealous President, who looks alot like the departed Mr. Reagan.... These stories would have been swallowed up in a shorted film, and i praise DC for makinf this a larger project.
As i write, i have two weeks to wait, and the wait will be tough. But, since i have waited nearly 30 years, whats a couple more weeks? Time to dust off the battered copy of the novel and give it another read. I highly reccomend reading this as well. If for no other reason than a better understanding of the source material.

Flat Knight

That's the best they could do? While the comic book source material for this was dripping with an epic and foreboding cinematic feel, this adaption manages to take Frank Millers work and run it through the bland-o-meter. This could have been so much better. Where Millers comic is an emotional tour de force, this is just a creatively devoid framing of DK that manages the nearly impossible task of staying true to the source material and sucking all the cinema and emotion out of it.

One example is the "transformation" scene, where Bruce Wayne can no longer contain the Batman within. In the comic, this scene rises to a near mystical level of pathos, and somehow, all of the mythic elements, the soaring crescendo of anticipation just never arrives and worse, as a viewer, you find yourself imagining several ways it could have stayed true to the source material and been so much better.

The fight scenes are the best part. Here the gritty realism of Dark Knight is best realized, so I had to give this at least two stars, but as a fan who bought the original comic the day it first came out in the summer of 86 and has wanted to see the cinema do justice to the DK books, this just uninspired and flat.

Frank Miller is masterful….

This is not your 1960's Batman. I won't spill any spoilers, but this is a fantastic story crafted by Frank Miller for what the Dark Knight truly is and what he stands for. If you have not read the series, you can pick up the graphic novel and read it before the first film even comes out.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2012

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