Rent Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 (2012)

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Synopsis:
Another night falls over Gotham City and with the darkness out crawls the crime and villainy from the shadows. The days of The Batman and other noble super heroes are but faded memories; violence and despair are now the harbingers of our time. But one event will set a change into motion: when Harvey "Two Face" Dent shuns a former rehabilitated life for a descent into corruption, an aged and weathered Bruce Wayne dons the mask and cape once more.
With a stellar voice cast headed by Peter Weller, Ariel Winter and David Selby, this gritty DC Comics legend comes to life with unforgettable battles, thrilling chases and the promise of a better tomorrow for humanity, because there is nowhere for criminals to hide when the Dark Knight returns.
Directors:
Producers:
Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan, Alan Burnett, Bruce W. Timm
Voiced By:
Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams, Carlos Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Paget Brewster, Maria Canals-Barrera, Cathy Cavadini, Townsend Coleman, Grey Griffin, Richard Doyle, Greg Eagles, Michael Emerson, Michael Jackson, Danny Jacobs, Maurice LaMarche, Yuri Lowenthal, Michael McKean, Sam McMurray
Writers:
Bob Kane, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Bob Goodman, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, Gardner Fox, Lynn Varley, John Sikela
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Anime & Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/11/2012
Run Time:
73 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, French, German
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, German Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Preview of DC Comics' Next Movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/11/2012
Run Time:
76 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, German Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Digital Comic
  • Her Name Is Carrie...Her Role Is Robin Featurette
  • Plus: Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story Featurette
  • From the Vault: 2 Bonus Cartoons
  • Preview of DC Comics' Next Movie
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns-Part 2

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Where DC falters in live action, it also manages to succeed in their animated offerings. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 is the first part of a two-part animated Batman series where Batman is basically a grandpa. A bad-ass, butt-kicking, agile grandpa. And he is coming out of retirement to serve the citizens of Gotham for one last time – stop the almighty Superman from using his powers for better or worse. Mostly worse. If this sounds familiar, then this is exactly what Batman V Superman should’ve been, if it weren’t for studio meddling, studio cutting, and general studio lollygagging against, in my humble opinion, one of the most talented and unique directors of all time. Uwe Boll. No, I’m kidding, it’s Zack Snyder.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 is the incarnation of Frank Miller’s graphical novel that takes a dark turn against the infamous Dark Knight. This time, billionaire heartthrob Bruce Wayne is more so equated with (the now late) Hugh Hefner, as opposed to any other playboy for instance. The first part of this tale then follows Batman as he comes out of retirement (at first) to battle a newly-formed threat that go by the name The Mutants. By the way, these Mutants are just obstacles that the character of Batman needs to overcome in light of growing; despite his old age, Frank Miller (in the source material) has managed to make him a man that has something worth fighting for, or something to emerge smarter and wiser of. This threat happens to be incarnated through Batman’s own state of mind, rather than his physical prowess (which is undoubtedly lacking). Oh, and the Mutants are led by a savage Mutant leader, who is like a dark reflection of what Batman could’ve been.

On the other hand, there is Harvey Dent as one of the most underrated (again, in my humble opinion) villains in the DC universe. His demeanor serves to deconstruct Batman’s mental state, as he is constantly faced with an ever-recurring threat in the form of Two-Face. Is Batman truly a mask that hides a flawed, deeply hurt man? Or is it something more, an ideal that people will constantly strive for?

Now, the technical details. The voice acting is flawless, as each actor lends such a gravitas to a bunch of moving colorful paper that you’re immediately sucked into the experience: it’s just as if you’re there in medias res (sorry for that Latin nonsense). Batman’s voice is darker (voiced by Peter Weller), grittier, and it truly feels like a man whose life has served him everything but stars and rainbows. I’m trying to say that Bruce doesn’t have it easy in life.

Stay tuned for the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2 review.

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