The next property DC and Warner Bros. are adapting into an animated feature is The Dark Knight Returns, and the pressure is on not to fuck this one up. Among most Batman and comic book fans this book by Frank Miller is a grandaddy of Batman stories. Dark Knight Returns focuses on an aging Batman who’s been out of the cowl for some time and what happens to Gotham in his absence that drives him back into the mask. It managed to both reinvent and define the character. Basically, folks are gonna be pissed if this animated film doesn’t live up to the source material.

Personally, I trust producer Bruce Timm, casting director Andrea Romana, director Jay Oliva and the rest of the team to deliver a faithful, if not at times re-imaginative adaption. I thought they did a bang up job on Batman: Year One, the last Frank Miller work they adapted (Psst…I also reviewed it.) They’ve already released some casting info, like the news Peter “Robocop” Weller would be voicing old man Bruce/Batman, and a few stills that give a taste of the animation style. And today we’ve got a sneak peek from the special features of Superman vs The Elite.

This sneak peek doesn’t show much footage from the movies – oh did I mention The Dark Knight Returns will be split into two films? – but it does go into great detail on how they approached adapting such a beloved work as well as a chance to hear some of the voice work. It’s also subtitled in Spanish so hey, maybe you can learn a few phrases here and there.

The Dark Knight Returns is set in a near future where Batman is retired and Gotham City has slid into a dystopian state ruled by a gang of hooligans called The Mutants. The 55-year old Bruce Wayne is forced to don the cape once more, this time partnering with a female Robin to not only stop the Joker but keep the peace when the city falls into chaos after being hit by an electromagnetic pulse.

Peter Weller (Robocop) will be the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Robin. David Selby (original Dark Shadows soap opera), Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face; and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the psychiatrist who releases the Joker from the insane asylum. The movie is being directed by Jay Oliva, who was the storyboard artist for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, from a script by Bob Goodman.

The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 releases this fall, do you plan to check it out?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Category: Comics, Film

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