The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 Blu-Ray Review Comments - Mania.com



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ElBaz13 1/30/2013 5:32:40 AM

Can't wait to see this but not buying yet. Crossing my fingers for a full part 1 and 2 release together on 1 disc. :)

 

CaptAmerica04 1/30/2013 7:58:52 AM

Not to nitpick, Tim (which, of course means that I'm about to), but... Mark HAMILL is the voice of the Joker that we're used to.  Not Mark Harmon (who we're used to seeing on NCIS, and before that... ummm... that film "Summer School," I guess?)

violator14 1/30/2013 8:57:23 AM

" SupermanBuster"- armor?

ObiWannaJones 1/30/2013 9:31:56 AM

Can't wait to see this. I was never a fan of Frank Miller's politicizing (and I'm sure there will be many negative comments directed toward me for saying that), but I still think DKR is a classic.

I really hope they DO NOT do a Dark Knight Strikes Again adaptation. With the exception of Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man being "Smiling Bob" and selling a Gingold version of Extenze, this was crap. Nothing but more of Frank Miller spouting off his radical political views, but with even less subtlety of the original.

OK - let the negative personal shots begin

 

tjanson 1/30/2013 10:02:57 AM

Cap...yeah Duh!  Mark Hammil.  That's what you get when you're racing to get something done!  LOL.  ObiWanna...I know what you mean about Miller but I thought the director did a good job of capturing the spirit of the story while keeping Miller's political beliefs to the minimum.

Muenster 1/30/2013 8:08:01 PM

This was pretty darn good. It was just like the comic book. Peter Weller's voice work was fantastic!

wish 1/31/2013 8:53:28 AM

I absolutely loved both parts and I am really hoping they actually move forward and do The Dark Knight Strikes Again!  Which is just as good as Returns only they expand the DC universe a little more and show us some of the other happenings while everybody got old.  DC's animation films are awesome, I think the people in charge of the animations need to be more vocal on the live-action stuff.  There is a fearless approach to animated movies that I wish would prevail more in live-action films, like The Clone Wars, easily better than any of the prequel trilogy because it isn't afraid to go off on tangents that might not be so well known to the masses, and yet, the success comes from delivering a solid product vs giving people mediocrity in the form of familiarity!!

 

doublec 1/31/2013 10:35:40 PM

 Easily the best DC cartoon yet. Well done and shockingly violent (as it should be). And even though they left out the boy scouts they included Bruno!

irockdiesel 2/1/2013 8:49:40 AM

I enjoyed this one as well. The level of violence was more than I had expected since the animated features prior had cut the blood down considerately. Even though Peter Weller does a satisfying job as Batman, I will wish they would have gotten Michael Ironside. He provided the voice of the elder Batman when Batman: The Animated Series did their take on this. All in all, pretty good.

jorson28 2/2/2013 10:43:12 AM

I enjoyed it, but not as much as this reviewer did, and for the record, I don't think you'd be describing Superman as "ultra right-wing" if the president he serves in the movie wasn't a take on Ronald Reagan (per the comics) - nor do I think the character would have been depicted so negatively if that president looked like Obama.   I don't really care if the material takes a certain political stance, but it could at least be consistent. Does nobody remember that in the first part, it was Batman that was being called a Fascist?  Excessive government power and control is as much or more a staple of LEFT-WING ideology - the idea that "the people" are incapable of truly taking care of themselves, so an empowered national government micromanages the society from a centralized seat of power.  As it is, however, most of the issues and characteristics that would really justify said labels are absent from the depictions here, and what's left is a ridiculous, pseudo-apocalyptic depiction of Reagan's "Star Wars" concept that everyone always knew was nothing more than a bluff... a bluff that WORKED insomuch as it spooked the USSR to overplay its hand and prove that it could not compete in a cold war and still fulfill the promise of Communism.  As for the movie, itself, I'm not sure the excessive violence adds anything - at least in the scenes with the Joker.  Even if it is the whole point, I wasn't too keen on seeing Joker basically go on a suicide mission just to get Batman to "lose control," especially AFTER Batman has managed to make himself public enemy number 1 without Joker's help.  Anyone can run through a crowd shooting bystanders, but Joker is supposed to be a master-criminal with cunning and tricks up every sleeve.  The Superman-Batman fight is cool to watch, and I'm definitely a Batman fan, but as depicted, I'm not sure why either side - perceived government oppression or mob rule - would be more appealing.  After all, it isn't "the people" that take control, but Batman, Robin and Green Arrow that use the gangs as foot soldiers to tame the streets after the EMP.  At least a President, even Ronald Reagan, is elected to wield power.    

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