Batman Vs. Superman: Collider Takes You Through the History of the Greatest Tussles of the “World’s Finest”

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The Dark Knight vs. The Man of Tomorrow.  The Caped Crusader vs. the Last Son of Krypton.  Bruce Wayne vs. Clark Kent.  However it’s framed, Warner Brothers is releasing the sequel to the financially successful Man of Steel in the form of Batman vs. Superman on July 17, 2015. With the recent casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, it’s difficult to not speculate how the clash of these titans will take place.

Luckily, there is ample evidence to examine how these two heroes will come to blows. Hit the jump for Batman and Superman’s greatest brawls for a look into what scenes Zack Snyder may decide to use for his much anticipated sequel. 

First Clip from THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2

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Warner Home Entertainment has released the first clip from the animated film, The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.  Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, the story continues with Superman (Mark Valley) being tasked to take down an elderly but still resourceful Batman (Peter Weller).  I saw this clip at New York Comic-Con, and it shows off how Batman can still beat the crap out of everyone even though he’s old.  I like how the commander in the group, Commissioner Ellen Yindel, says that shouldn’t matter even though Batman has taken out half her guys by that point.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.   The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 hits Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download on January 29th.

New York Comic-Con: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2 Panel Recap; Surprise Voice Cameo, New Clips, What Animated DC Movies Are Set for 2013, and More

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Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns isn’t just a must-read for Batman fans or comic-book fans.  It’s a must-read for everyone who wants to understand the current state of superhero books and movies.  While its influence has been far-reaching, it wasn’t directly adapted until Warner Premiere took the title and turned it into a two-part animated feature.  The first part was released earlier this year, and now The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is due out in 2013.  New York Comic-Con 2012 hosted a panel for the film, and Warner Home Video’s Gary Miereanu, voice casting director Andrea Romano, and executive producer Bruce Timm were on hand to show off some clips, talk about the voice cast, what will and won’t get your animated film an R-rating, a surprising cameo, and much more including other films Warner Home Video has on tap for 2013.

Hit the jump for the recap, and click here for all of our 2012 New York Comic-Con coverage.

Trailer for THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2 Featuring the Voices of Peter Weller and Michael Emerson

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Warner Premiere has released the trailer for the upcoming animated film, The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.  Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, the story continues with Superman (Mark Valley) being tasked to take down an elderly but still resourceful Batman.  This trailer shows off their fight along with Michael Emerson‘s take on the Joker.  Of course, no one beats Mark Hamill, but this Emerson isn’t bad.  He’s certainly far better than John DiMaggio‘s take on The Joker from Batman: Under the Red Hood.  Our own Gil Kellerman liked The Dark Knight Rises, Part 1, so Part 2 should be a solid finish to the adaptation.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download in 2013.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 1 Blu-ray Review

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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.

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.

First Trailer for BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1

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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.

Voice Cast Announced for Two-Part Animated Adaptation of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

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Last year, Warner Premiere released an animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s popular graphic novel, Batman: Year One.  However, the popularity of that book pales in comparison to one of the most influential comics of all-time, The Dark Knight Returns.  Along with Watchmen, Returns was a major deconstruction of the superhero genre, and pushed it into a more violent and gritty direction.  Miller’s take on the Batman universe showed Dark Knight as more of a fascist than a hero (you can skip Miller’s atrocious sequel series, The Dark Knight Strikes Again).  Although Christopher Nolan has eschewed a comic-book tone with his Batman movies, he has retained the themes of Miller’s 1986 comic.

Today, THR reports that WP is moving forward with an animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, and that they will split the feature into two-parts.  Hit the jump for more including the film’s voice cast.

Warner Bros. Developing Animated Adaptation of Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS?

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One of the seminal deconstructions of the superhero genre is Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns.  The comics are set in the future where a middle-aged Bruce Wayne feels forced to come out of retirement and fight crime only to incur the wrath of his old foes as well as the Gotham police department, the United States government, and Superman.  If you haven’t read it, go buy it right now.

But if you don’t feel like reading it, Bleeding Cool reports that an animated adaptation is in the works.  The adaptation would be the latest in a line of animated films based on DC Comics following the recent All-Star Superman and the in-development Year One, the latter of which is also based off a famous Miller Batman comic.  According to Bleeding Cool, “several veterans of Batman toons past will be on the crew list.”  My question is how dark can they go with this adaptation.  DKR isn’t exactly the bright sunshine of All-Star Superman.   It will be interesting to see who will be writing the adaptation of Dark Knight Returns and how they’ll be adapting this classic comic.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Dark Knight Returns.

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