Skip to comments.‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1′ Review
Posted on 09/22/2012 9:33:11 AM PDT by Bratch
The Batman that many people know (and love) today was spawned not in the 1930s, when the Caped Crusader first appeared in comic books but rather in the 1980s, under the revisionary design of writer/artist Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300. Millers seminal Batman story arcs - Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns have directly influenced every iteration of the superhero thereafter, including Chris Nolans Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises (respectively). In short, it was Miller who put the dark into The Dark Knight.
DC Universe has already paid homage to Millers work with a Batman: Year One animated film, but with The Dark Knight Returns, director Jay Oliva and screenwriter Bob Goodman are taking on what might be the most ambitious (read: potentially disastrous) DCU project, ever. Does the animated version live up to its legendary comic book source material? Or is Millers graphic novel too complex and twisted for the cartoon world?
Skeptics should rest easy, as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is a rousing success in many ways, and easily conquers its own faults by delivering a Batman movie experience that is unlike any other. Note that I say Batman movie experience, because to limit Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 to just being a great animated movie experience would be selling it short.
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Same here. I loved “Dark Knight Returns” and “Year One.” The “Year One” movie was outstanding, so I have high hopes for this one.
I’m a little too old for cartoons. :P
>>Im a little too old for cartoons. :P
I feel sorry for you. I’m only 50, so fortunately cartoons are still entertaining for me.
They aren’t really cartoons, in the sense of being simply entertainment. It’s more of a medium that represents adult issues in an animated form.
It’s not a cartoon. It’s an animated movie.
Looks pretty darn cool. Dark Knight Returns is a classic. I wonder if they have Bats resolving the situation with the mutant gang member with the kid hostage the same way as in the comic? That was pretty hardcore for the times.
It was also nominated for Best Picture at the 1991 Academy Awards.
Not all "cartoons" are for kiddies. Anime
Oh man, now I am going to have to go back and look at the comic! I could have sworn Bats does something that he never did before...I don’t want to spoil it for anyone if they do use it.
Agreed. I still have yet to watch the Year One...
So... I better get on that...
My only complaint is that Kevin Conroy isn’t Batman. I think his “Batman Beyond” take on Bruce Wayne would be perfect for this adaptation.
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