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.
…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.