Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
Review by Suzanne Lanoue
I always love the DC animated movies. In this Dark Knight
universe, Batman is really old and has retired. This is from
a series of comic books they did. I'm not really fond of
Batman being old, but it's a good story.
This is definitely for kids. For one thing, it's very
talky and they would be bored. It is also very violent and
has some swear words. It's very dark. I don't mind when
cartoons are dark, especially Batman.
This is a very good film, animated or not. I don't know
why the DC animated movies are so much better than the ones
with live actors.
This is a great DVD and every Batman fan should own it.
It has Harvey Dent (Two-Face) and a lot of other villains,
as well as a new Robin, played by a girl. It has some
nice extras, which you can read about below.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
FRANK MILLER'S COMIC MASTERPIECE IS NOW AN
ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
Batman: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
Coming SEPT. 25, 2012 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
RoboCop star Peter Weller leads Stellar Voice Cast as Batman
in Animated Blu-rayTM Combo Pack & DVD
BURBANK, CA (September 11, 2012) - Frank Miller's landmark graphic
about fear, hope and redemption is celebrated with proper measures of
haunting visuals and intense action in Batman: The Dark Knight
Part 1, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe
Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC
and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives
September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray(tm) Combo Pack
($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Download. The
Blu-ray(tm) Combo Pack will include UltraViolet(tm).
The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have been a fan favorite
debuting in 2007 with Superman Doomsday. Now averaging three releases
each year, the DCU animated films are based on classic tales from DC
Comics' revered library or original stories featuring DC's fabled
characters. Stars of feature film and primetime television populate
stellar voice casts of the DCU animated films. Batman: The Dark
Returns, Part 1 represents the 15th film in the ongoing series.
Fanboy demi-god Peter Weller (RoboCop) leads a stellar voice cast as
Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining Weller behind the microphone is David
(The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel
(Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, three-time DCU veteran Wade Williams
(Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean (This is
Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.
In the bleak and ominous future of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,
1, it's been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following
of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing
the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his
frustration with racecars and liquor - but the Bat still beckons as
watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as
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
Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the
persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by
Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a
definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from
new ... and old.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is directed by Jay Oliva (Man
Steel, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) from a screenplay by Bob
(Warehouse 13). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10) and
Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom) are the executive producers.
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will provide the epic story's
conclusion with its release in early 2013.
"Frank Miller's classic re-imagining of Batman has been faithfully
recreated under Bruce Timm's skilled guidance as a masterpiece of
storytelling," said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice
Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. "This story has been
treated with great reverence, including a tour-de-force performance
science fiction legend Peter Weller as the voice of Batman. We know
fans will not only love this film as a stand-alone, but will clamor
the release of the second half next year."
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-ray(tm) Combo Pack has
than 2 hours of exciting content, including:
* Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
* Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the
next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
* Featurette - "Her Name is Carrie ... Her Role is Robin" -
all-new featurette. Experience the role of Robin, through the eyes
* Featurette - "Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story" - A
documentary comprehensively chronicling the remarkable life of the
creator of Batman.
* Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series
by producer Alan Burnett: Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2
* Digital Comic - "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" (digital comic
with cover art and three full comic pages)
* Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 UltraViolet offer is a
time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to
ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.
About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere specializes in the development and production of both
features and digital content for home entertainment platforms. Past
projects include A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Scooby-Doo!
of the Lake Monster and Batman: Year One, as well as the digital
Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Aim High. Warner Premiere is at the
forefront in the made-for-home entertainment marketplace, producing
properties that exemplify the commitment to story, production and
equity for which Warner Bros. is known.
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros.
Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive
entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical
and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and
next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the
global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through
VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online
and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and
third party videogame titles.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman,
Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables)
MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating
content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC
Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions
unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but
limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment
interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic
and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest
English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012,
Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner
divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes-a giving campaign featuring the
iconic Justice League super heroes-to raise awareness and funds to
the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and
DC Comics. (s12)
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of
animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and
talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers,
producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting
of animation technology and has both CG and traditionally animated
projects in current production and development. For TV, WBA produces
series such as Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes
Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice:
as well as the forthcoming Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, for
Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original
content - including animated shorts - for Cartoon Network's
multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block. In addition to TV
programming, WBA produces theatrically released CG cartoon shorts
featuring iconic Looney Tunes characters, rendered in stereoscopic
WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original
Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including
digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally,
WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as
well as for maintaining the Studio's rich cartoon heritage. It is
the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics,
Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the
animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with six Academy
Awards(r), 35 Emmy(r) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an
Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, the HUMANITAS
two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in
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