Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns is adapted for the small screen with a sprawling Warner Premiere animated film series that finds an old and weary Bruce Wayne (voiced by Robocop himself, Peter Weller) donning the cape and cowl once again after a long retirement. Covering the final two issues of the series, Part 2 pits the outlawed crusader against his nemesis, The Joker (voiced by LOST's Michael Emerson), as well as a militarized Superman, who carries out justice in the name of the United States of America. Ariel Winter (Modern Family) plays a female version of Robin, with Dark Shadows' David Selby rounding out the voice cast. Jay Oliva (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights directs from a script by Bob Goodman. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Set during the Reagan administration, which is the same time the original graphic novel debuted, this is Frank Miller's super-dark, gritty, and violent interpretation of Batman. The Dark Knight is in his fifties or early sixties or so and hasn't been seen in Gotham in over ten years. During this time, street gangs and crime has run rampant through the city, while Joker has been in a mental institution and Commissioner Gordon steps down for newer, less Batman-friendly replacement, Yindel. When Joker escapes and goes on a killing spree, Batman is forced to stop him for good. And when the police can't handle him, President Ronald Reagan orders Superman to come in and take Batman out, leading to the epic Superhero Showdown. This is movie is very dark and violent, despite being animated, and if you're sensitive to that kind of stuff, be warned. But for everyone else, this is a must watch, up there with the Dark Knight trilogy, whether you've heard of the original graphic novel or not.
i love this comic, and truly looked forward to a faithful adaptation.
This was close, so very close - however, for some reason the one edit they chose to make was the one thing they needed to not edit.
this movie is nearly frame-for-frame based on the comic, with one glaring omission: they decided to exclude the character internal monologues. while i understand movie narration is somewhat frowned upon, so much of the important details are only told in this manner in DKR. To remove batman, superman, and gordons internal thoughts and not gracefully integrate them into actual dialogue did the story, the audience, and all of the talent involved in this cartoon a massive disservice.