This week on Blu-ray, the caped crusader’s animated iteration comes to a close, Sam Rockwell and Co. get their crazy on, and a classic action series that has been copied to no end gets a 25th anniversary collection. Briefly:
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Attendees to the 2012 New York Comic-Con will be treated to the first footage from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, the conclusion to the animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. As an added bonus, the convention will also be screening a special premiere of The Batmobile, a one-hour documentary on the history of the iconic vehicles.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 is now available on Blu-ray. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to check out Gil’s review of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 on Blu-ray and all of our previous coverage on the film. Hit the jump to see the first image from Part 2 as well as details on New York Comic-Con.
Warner Premiere has some large shoes to fill with its adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns Part 1. Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns is considered by many to be the defining Batman story (neck-in-neck with Miller’s other Batman masterpiece, Year One), reestablishing a tone and mood for the character that would resonate throughout the comics and films. So conscientious is the studio of the material’s loyal fanbase, they have decided to split the graphic novel into two animated films, thus allowing proper breathing space for the rich plot and complex characters.
The blacker-than-oil narrative is set in a dingy, 1980s Gotham City. Batman has been retired, living in obscurity for over ten years. Violence (or rather, ultra-violence) runs like a disease through the city, chiefly authored by a gang of sadistic thugs known as the Mutants. When Harvey Dent/Two-Face is released from Arkham Asylum, a new crimewave is about to strike Gotham. Batman is drawn back into the vigilante game, but fighting crime isn’t exactly what it used to be. My review of the Blu-ray after the jump.
It’s another great week for Blu-ray as Joss Whedon’s Marvel Phase One capper The Avengers hits home video, 22 Bond films get a stellar collector’s set release with Bond 50, and Part 1 of the animated adaptation of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns hits stores. Briefly:
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The Blu-ray release date for director Jay Oliva’s animated feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 is rapidly approaching. We have a new clip from the movie to tide you over until then. If you missed it, here’s the trailer and first clip from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1, which features Frank Miller’s take on the aging Caped Crusader who returns after a ten-year hiatus to take down a ruthless street gang, the Mutants. In this new clip, the leader of the Mutants (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams) has a few words to say about Batman and Commissioner Gordon. Hit the jump to check it out and be sure to pick up a copy of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 when it’s available starting September 25th.
The first trailer for the animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s highly regarded graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns has gone online. For those unfamiliar, the story takes place a decade after Bruce Wayne gave up being Batman and entered retirement. The return of Harvey “Two-Face” Dent and a gang of criminals known as The Mutants force Wayne to don the suit once again, and he’s joined by a young girl taking on the persona of Robin in his quest.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 features Peter Weller as the voice of Batman, joined by David Selby as Comissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face, and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Judging by the trailer, it looks like director Jay Oliva has brought the goods, and fans of Miller’s story should be quite pleased. Hit the jump to watch for yourself. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray on September 25th.