First Clip from Animated Feature BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – PART 1

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Warner Bros. has released the first clip from the animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns.  The film is divided into the two parts, and 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.  The Dark Knight Returns is one of the all-time must-read comics, but this adaptation looks like a pass.  The animation lacks the personality of the comic’s artwork, and while I need to go back and read the book, I’m pretty sure the novel doesn’t include an old cop telling a younger cop that he’s in for a show (although there is another Batman work that does).

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film features of the voices of Peter Weller as the voice of Batman, David Selby as Comissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face, and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray on September 25th.

batman-the-dark-knight-returns-part-1-blu-rayHere’s the synopsis for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1:

…it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new…and old.




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  • Andi

    You’re wrong, if anything Dark Knight Rises borrowed that line from the Dark Knight Returns. As Batman is starting to fuck shit up, hes only seen in brief glimpses, fists, silhouettes etc. Dent and his gang have robbed a bank, with two cars taking off from the scene. Two cops are chasing after a car when they glimpse the Batman, initially unseen on pg. 33 where the older cop says to the younger one that “we’re in for a show”, the next page then gives us a full page of Bats soaring through the air. C’mon Goldberg! you’re better than this and so is Collider.

  • Romsy

    Looks like you do need to re read it Goldberg. Go ahead and insert your foot into your mouth, we’ll wait.

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  • Johnny

    “I’m pretty sure the novel doesn’t include an old cop telling a younger cop that he’s in for a show.”

    Matt Goldberg is the epitome of journalistic failure. He can’t write and he’s completely incapable of double-checking what he blindly believes to be fact. Also, you already classified this as a “pass” based entirely on a brief clip. Take a lesson from your capable peers (Steve, Christina, Allison, Brendan, Dave, Adam, etc.) and learn how to compose engaging, editorialized articles without resorting to complete, judgmental idiocy. Collider deserves someone better than Matt Goldberg.

    Also, props to whoever’s approving these comments for public viewing. While we appreciate the transparency, it’s disappointing that Collider can’t seem to take a hint and send this guy packing.

  • junierizzle

    Yeah, that line is in the book. I thought it was a nice nod in TDKR.

  • sense 11

    Any chance to H8 on Nolan

    • junierizzle

      I think Golberg was trying to hate on Nolan but it backfired.

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  • choice

    i dunno about this….we shall see when the final thing is out. I have my doubts though.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing like less than 60 seconds of poorly CGI’ed cars to make me want to buy $17 plus shipping for half a movie.

    • Anonymous

      to pay*

    • Doug

      Yeah, I like some of these DC animated movies, but the animation could always be better. I can see the evolution from the Justice League series through the animated movies. It gets better, but there something about it that seems stiff and uncreative. I know this sounds picky, but the famous silhouette of Batman against the lightning, I don’t like how they did it here. He just sort of moves his legs a little. It takes out all the impact of the would-be-stunning visual.

  • Hugo

    “I’m pretty sure the novel doesn’t include an old cop telling a younger cop that he’s in for a show (although there is another Batman work that does).”

    Yeah man, and thos Beatles guys steal from Oasis!

    How are you allowed to write stuff in this site?

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