Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

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Considering Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns series kicked off back in 1986, it’s a legitimate question as to why DC would choose now to reveal its conclusion, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. The answer appears to be that Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film is heavily influenced by The Dark Knight Returns comic arc. Miller will be co-writing with Brian Azzarello, who has written titles like 100 Bullets, Batman: Flashpoint, and Wonder Woman. Starting this fall and marking the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns original run, the 8-part series will be published on a twice-monthly schedule. (more…)

The trailer for part two of the animated version of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns has hit the internet and it’s worth a look. The story picks up right where it left off in part one (Go figure) with Batman’s return to Gotham City with an all new Robin in tow.

Things get complicated as both Gotham City Police and a recently released Joker try to hunt Batman down. Then we get the scene we’ve all been waiting for … Superman is ordered to take down the Batman and all hell breaks loose as these two heroes face off.

I’m still having some trouble with Peter Weller’s voice work on this. Maybe it’s just me , but I can’t feel any emotion in his voice. Is it just me? Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will be released on all formats including digital download in early 2013.

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There’s a new clip from DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. for the animated film Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1. It’s an extended clip from the animated movie’s trailer that features classic Frank Miller dialogue,  “He’s young, he’ll walk again.”

Peter Weller is the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face, and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

I’m still hoping this will turn out great. I have my doubts though, Weller’s emotionless voice acting (Under-Wellering is what I am gonna call it) is just not ringing true for this Nerd Bastard. The Dark Knight Returns features a “pissed off old man” Batman and I haven’t heard it in any of Weller’s work up to this point. Far from it, I feel like Weller is just reading the lines and not truly getting into the Batman Returns character.

There is a hint of it in the clip below, but I don’t want a hint. I want to be hit over the head with it repeatedly. Remember, this is a Batman who has sat on the sidelines watching things go to hell and stewing in his own helplessness for the last ten years. Batman is not someone who likes sitting on the sidelines.

What do you think, am I full of it, out in left field, missing something, dazed and confused? Let me know what you think about what you’ve seen so far in the comments below.

The DVD/Blu-ray for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One will be released on on September 25th with part two planned for an early 2013 release date.

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DC Entertainment has posted the trailer for the first in a pair of animated movies telling Frank Miller’s epic tale of an aged Batman, The Dark Knight Returns to the Internet.

The Dark Knight Returns is truly one of the greatest comics ever created. Check any “Top 20” lists of comic and you’ll find The Dark Knight Returns along side The Watchmen, The Killing Joke, X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga, and other greats. If it’s not on the list above 20 then that guy or gal knows dick about comics.

Since there might be a few younger readers out there that may have never read comic, the story starts . . .

The Dark Knight Returns 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.

Then the shit really hits the fan and Batman ends up in a knock down drag out fight with none other than his oldest super-friend Superman. In this animated version the story is broken into two movies. The first deals with the books opening story line with Batman returning to a city overrun by gangs and violence.

The voice actors for the movie make an impressive list:

  • Peter Weller, the fan-favorite star of the original RoboCop and guest player on shows like 24 and Dexter  as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
  • Ariel Winter, of Modern Family and Phineas and Ferb fame, as 13-year old Carrie Kelley/female Robin.
  • Wade Williams, Prison Break, who also provided vocals for DC titles like Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Batman: Under the Red Hood, as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
  • Michael McKean, This Is Spinal Tap and Clue (who briefly played Perry White on Smallville), as Dr. Wolper – the psychiatrist who releases Joker from Arkham.
  • David Selby, star of the original Dark Shadows and Falcon Crest in a yet to be named role . . . Alfred?

The “Is it just me ? ? ?” section.

This NerdBastard is not sold on Peter Weller’s voice work in this trailer. He just seems to be stumbling over the lines. When ever I’ve read The Dark Knight Returns I’ve always heard an angry, annoyed, impatient Batman and I’m just not feeling that pissed off vibe in Weller’s voice. Maybe it’s because we don’t get to see any Joker or Superman in this trailer, that might be it.

Take a look at the trailer and let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think in the comments section below.

Part 1 of The Dark Knight Returns to hit shelves later this fall, followed by Part 2 in early 2013.

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