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The Dark Knight Returns Trailer: Is A Hope That Somehow You, Can Save Me From This Darkness

By TK | Trailers | August 1, 2012 | Comments ()


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DC Comics' animated films have been enjoying a prolonged streak of excellence. While not every entry has been a winner (*cough*GreenLantern*cough*), there are certainly more hits than misses -- compared to Marvel, this is one war they are winning handily. They're also getting more and more ambitious with each successive entry, taking on more mature and unusual storylines from the comic books.

With the adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, they're undertaking their most ambitious effort to-date. Frank Miller's dystopian graphic novel is a classic of the genre, featuring a Gotham City of the future that's been under seige by criminals following the death or retirement of most of the world's heroes. Batman, now almost 60, comes out of retirement to face a new threat, joined by a new Robin as well. It's a harsh, unflinching and often quite grim series, and an animated adaptation should prove interesting. It's also being split into two parts, which actually makes sense given how dense the source material is. Take a look at the trailer for Part One:

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I like it, actually. It captures much of the tone of the comics, but also still has a certain flash that's marks it as being not too adult. It's directed by Jay Oliva, who also worked on Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow and The Invincible Iron Man. It comes out on DVD and Blu Ray on September 25th.



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  • deitybox

    Why the hell hasn't this been made into a live-action movie yet? This kind of darkness was all I wanted from the Nolan series, and sadly I just don't think it delivered. Come on guys, do it now while Chloe Moretz is still young enough to play Robin.

  • Green Lantern

    Alright TK, which Green Lantern animated are you referencing up there as "less than a winner, *coughcough*"? The solid-but-slightly-flawed "Green Lantern: First Flight" or the most-excellent "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights"?

  • TK

    First Flight. It was dull as fuck. Emerald Knights was pretty great.

  • Green Lantern

    Well you're 50% there IMHO.

    "Mogo doesn't socialize," yo.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Batman? Yes, please. Miller? Hell, no.

  • psemophile

    60? Wasn't Batman in his 50s in TDKReturns?

  • TK

    Jesus Christ, speaking of shut the fuck up. I'd like to think that "near 60" is pretty much the same as "in his 50's."

    You people, I swear.

  • TheAggroCraig

    Oh man, all I need to see is the fight in the mud against the Mutant leader. "You don't get it, boy. This isn't a mudhole...it's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon." *KRAK*

    I need to read this again.

  • BobbFrapples

    I liked the kid friendly version they did as a short in the WB's Batman series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • gp

    spill it, chicken legs!

  • mrcreosote

    There are 7 ways this could be adapted. 4 are terrible, 2 are acceptable and one...hurts.

  • I was just saying last week that the best way for DC to move forward is to go anti-Marvel and admit that all these stories take place in different realities (pre-crisis style), so then they can basically do whatever they want with a Justice League movie and not worry about cramming their crappy Green Lantern in there or living up to the Nolan Batman stuff. That lead to a conversation where the best place to take Batman now would be to have a 60+ year old Michael Keaton do a one off movie of The Dark Knight Returns. That would be incredible.

  • Green Lantern

    There was a plot device called Hypertime created several years ago that basically showed that "it's all true, somewhere". For example that the George Reeves and Christopher Reeve versions of Superman both existed, somewhere, in different pocket realities, along with the current comic book version of Superman, and a myriad of others.

    It was simple, it addressed a host of issues, and it was buried and forgotten when new editorship came in at DC Comics 'cause Dan DiDio didn't like it.

    Thanks for the post "Flashback", DCnU-52, Dan.

  • causaubon

    i'm with ghunda, especially in the choices for Batman/Bruce Wayne and the Mutant Leader.

    I dunno why, but as a kid reading these books, i always pictured (heard?) Clint Eastwood's voice.

  • branded_redux

    Peter Weller as the Batman? I did not see that casting coming.

  • ghunda

    The voice over casting isn't working for me.

  • idiosynchronic

    I dunno, can i enjoy a Frank Miller creation without the misogyny and xenophobia?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Who says it doesn't have these "qualities"?

  • Is this two days in a row that you haven't hurled abuse at us? I feel so confused and kind of dirty.

  • TK

    Shut the fuck up.

  • bleujayone

    ...Donnie."

  • TK

    Bleujayone, you're out of your element.

  • That's the stuff. Let me find something appropriately galling for you to real time review...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Poor Jewel Staite.

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