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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?

Director:

Jay Oliva

Writers:

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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Trivia

Bruno is modeled after Brigitte Nielsen. See more »

Quotes

Batman: Tell Gordon we have to talk.
Veteran Cop: Sure thing, Bats. But how's he supposed to get in touch with you...?
[Batman leaves]
Veteran Cop: Oh, yeah. Now I remember.
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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 »

Connections

Version of Nightwing: Escalation (2011) See more »

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Excellent adaptation of the graphic novel!
26 September 2012 | by DarthPaul85See all my reviews

After seeing Batman Year One, I was nervous about this one, but I was pleasantly surprised! The story is faithfully recreated here, with very little censorship of the violence, and most of the (included) dialogue straight from the pages of the comic, albeit with some forgivable changes. The pacing is excellent, and really captures that sense of "awesome" that the graphic novel had. The visual style is "close enough" to Millar's work to give you flashbacks, but of course it lacks the detailed nuances of the comic. And lastly, the music fits everything perfectly.

Some complaints, though. First and foremost, the acting lacks passion. Virtually all the main characters play "middle of the road" emotions well, but any extreme was unconvincing to me. It's almost like there was a "no shouting!" rule for the actors. Nobody gets really angry, or forceful, or upset. Even so, it's nowhere near as disappointing as the acting in Batman Year One.

Also missing is Batman's inner monologue- which I guess can be forgiven since movies are a visual medium, but ultimately we lose some of the comic's best lines because of it. Though they do try to force some of batman's narration into the movie as dialogue, it doesn't work that well at all.

One change I'm not sure about is the PG-13 censorship to the script. They maintain the political dichotomy that existed in the comics, but it's way toned down. They seem to want to avoid alienating people on either side of the political spectrum (perhaps wisely). Some of the humor is still there, but again, it's got kid gloves on.

In the end, though, this is a wonderful execution of a great story. I eagerly look forward to Part 2!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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