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The Dark Knight Returns UPDATE

The Animated Version

By Robert T. Trate     May 23, 2012
Source: Comic Book Resources

RoboCop star Peter Weller provide the voice of Batman in Warner Bros.’ animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, the seminal 1986 miniseries by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson, HEat Vision reports. Ariel Winter (Modern Family) will play Robin.

First rumored about a year ago, and then officially announced in July at Comic-Con International, the direct-to-video adaptation will be released in two parts under the DC Comics Premiere Movie banner, which apparently will replaced the five-year-old DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Part 1 will debut in the fall, with Part 2 arriving in early 2013.

Weller and Winter will be joined by veteran actor David Selby (Dark Shadows), Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Two-Face/Harvey Dent, and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the psychiatrist who releases the Joker from the asylum.

The films are directed by Jay Oliva, who not only storyboarded Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, but also helmed Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and several episodes of Cartoon Network’s Young Justice. Oliva also has in his corner exectuive producer Bruce Timm, who has overseen most of DC’s animated projects since Batman: The Animated Series.

“Dark Knight Returns is the granddaddy of beloved comics properties that we’ve ever attempted [to adapt],” Timm said. “There is definitely the imperative to get it right.”

Set a decade after an aging Bruce Wayne quit crimefighting in the wake of Jason Todd’s death, The Dark Knight Returns brings Batman out of retirement to save Gotham from sinking deeper into decay and lawlessness. With the help of a new, female Robin, Carrie Kelly, the Dark Knight ends the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city and confronts two of his greatest enemies. But then he must face his former ally Superman in a battle that only one will survive.

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jedibanner 5/23/2012 11:21:34 AM

Thi seems like the Watchmen movie...so great as a book, do you really need to do it in a different medium? And then I'm sure they will change so much into the book it won't be as fun so, YES, I know I will stick with the book and ignore this movie.

DarthoftheDead 5/23/2012 11:40:01 AM

To me, this is the be all, end all of Batman.

I didnt really like Batman year 1animated, but I only saw it once and I really need to watch it again to see if maybe Im wrong.

That said, this version looks awesome!!!!!!!!!! If only this was coming out as a live action movie instead of Mysterion Rises.

tallman 5/23/2012 11:49:14 AM

Oh mate, I was talking about the idea of this a while ago on this site before we knew this was actually coming out! I'll have some of this make no mistake. Would love this to be shot for shot straight outta the book but no doubt some bits will change. Looking forward to the Joker bats fight and Batmans battle royal at the end! Oh yeah!!

monkeyfoot 5/23/2012 11:50:07 AM

It's pretty cool to see an adaptation of this but I'm not sure I like the animation style. It looks similar to standard styles DC uses for its films. But as Timm points out in the press release this is a seminal work and I would have liked it to look different that every other animated movie. I would have liked them to imitate Frank Miller's style and give it his "Sin City" film noir look like they did once in an episode of Batman-TAS, when a kid was describing what Batman is like and essentially it was visualized as a scene from The Dark Knight Returns.

Also best wishes to actor Michael McKean from the cast. Also known as Lenny from Laverne & Shirley, and from Spinal Tap and as Perry White from Smallville. He got hit by a car on the streets of NYC and got a broken leg.

Tevii 5/23/2012 12:16:53 PM

Jedi - no way you ignore this movie hahaha

DarthoftheDead 5/23/2012 12:48:14 PM

@tallman - I agree 500,000% with you!!!!!!!

DarthoftheDead 5/23/2012 12:51:50 PM

@monkeyfoot - I also agree 500,000% lol

jedibanner 5/23/2012 1:10:42 PM

tevii...wanna bet?

Tevii 5/23/2012 2:49:39 PM

Jedi- Are you saying you will NEVER see it? cause if thats the case ill bet..... how is that going to work

what if its great and everyone is saying its great? you still gonna ignore it?

I understand your reservations, but the DC animated stuff being directed by that team is a whole helluva lot better then Snyder. Cant compare the two...

everyone , no matter what even if it sucks, say its great just to tease Jedi hahahahahha

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/23/2012 3:18:04 PM

And why can't you like both? And even if you don't how does one ruin the other? If you think the movie will ruin the comic why can't the comic make the movie better?

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