Saturday, April 13, 2013

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012 Film) Review

 As many of you know I'm a big Batman fan. I will give almost any adventure featuring the Dark Knight a shot. I didn't really know about the The Dark Knight Returns movie until fairly recently. It's actually based on an original comic book series by Frank Miller, and after I heard that I jumped at the chance to watch it.
The plot is set a few decades after Batman's prime. Bruce Wayne is now 55 years old, and has retired as Batman for ten years. After Gotham's greatest hero disappeared, the city's crime has skyrocketed. While old villains are absent, a new group of criminals calling themselves The Mutants are terrorizing Gotham.  
So after a couple of pushes, Batman returns to save the day. After defeating a few batches of mutants, he also must defeat his old foe Two-Face who's now had surgery to fix the bad side of his face. Despite looking normal, Dent is still evil on the inside and gives the Dark Knight quite the challenge. But when the original danger is gone, an old enemy comes out of the shadows for a final showdown. 
If the 2nd Part is as good as the first, this may be the best original animated film so far based on DC comics. It's not canonical to the standard comics story-line (known as the Earth-One universe) so once you get passed that you can really enjoy the creative tale. I would say Batman's ethics seem to be much darker than usual, but I can't wait to see the second half. 

13 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Still have yet to watch this one, better get on that it seems.

Introverted Art said...

My hubby loves comic books. I think he has seen all Batman movies too.

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

I love this movie, I watched it 3 times!
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MOCK! said...

It's not canonical to the standard comics story-line

Have you seen who is joining the DCU proper?!?!?

Google "Batman and Red Robin #19" if you haven't heard!!!

Adam said...

Frank Miller's stories are in the DC universe dubbed Earth-31. This version of Carrie Kelly that debuted recently is just another version of the character. Her role in the new story contradicts many plot lines set in The Dark Knight Returns.

MEcoy said...

well I don't know why I never been a fan of him,
tho i enjoyed his movies.
I think iron man is a better character than he is haha

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I have a few copies of this four part series in mint condition sealed in Mylar baggies. Bought them decades ago when they first came out. It's a decent story.

Did you ever read any of the stories penned by Samm Hamm in Detective Comics or the Batman? Those were pretty good.

Sharon said...

My boyfriend really likes comic books and I'm sure he likes this too :)

Anonymous said...

When I was younger I used to love reading comic books, for it freed me from the world I was in.

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Bob Bushell said...

Ah, I do remember Superman, Christopher Reeve was the actor. I didn't like it, sorry.

Jay said...

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Adam said...

nope never read those