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.