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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
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10.23.2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Jay Oliva

Actors:
Peter Weller
Michael Emmerson
Ariel Winter

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing fifty-five-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl, but does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

I think the very first thing to note about BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1 is the animation. This is a beautiful mix of anime meets Batman: The Animated Series and I dig it. I really, really dig it. The line art and colours are the perfect mix to bring this classic Batman story to life.

I was mostly curious about why DC Entertainment chose to split this up into two parts when I first started watching BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1. I really thought that this would be much more powerful in one film. However, after viewing it, I do think that maybe it was beneficial for the company to do it in parts. There are a lot of story subplots going on throughout the film and several villains for Batman to face. Bringing on another hour and a bit could diminish the quality of the film and make it seem a bit tedious. Christopher Nolan can get away with a three hour Batman film, but itís really not as easy for animation to do the same.

Iím a huge comics reader and yet for some reason Iíve never read the original source material. Iím a fairly big Batman fan, but I havenít gone through the entire run of classic stories, so for me, this movie is fresh. I donít know what happens and I donít know what characters make appearances in the film. This worked to my advantage. I got enjoy this film straight up and to see a side to Batman that I hadnít really seen in comics. The story is fairly iconic in the sense that it changed how Batman was portrayed from there on out. Director Jay Oliva really brought to light just how dark Batman can be and showcased how well it holds up over the years.

Additionally, the voice actors do an excellent job in their respective roles and really bring home the overall quality. I enjoyed the heck out of the film and highly recommend it to just about anyone... especially those who enjoy comic books and those who grew up/enjoyed TV seriesí like Batman: The Animated Series.

THE EXTRAS

Her Name is CarrieÖ Her Role is Robin: This goes over the role of Carrie Kelly as Robin in the series. Various people involved with the film and comic talk about how she came to be and what she meant to Batman fans and women at the time.

Batman: The Animated Series: This is split up into Two-Face: Part One and Two-Face: Part Two. Itís just two episodes from the series Batman: The Animated Series, which if you havenít seen yet, is awesome. The episodes obviously deal with the character Two-Face and are definitely worth watching.

Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story: This is pretty well what it sounds like. Itís the story of Bob Kane and how he came to create Batman.

Additionally, the special features include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Digital Comic and a couple of sneak peaks. One of them is a look at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 and the other is at Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. If you watch and enjoy this film, itís likely that youíll be excited for these previews

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

DC and Marvel have put out several of these animated adaptations now and I have to say that Iíve thoroughly enjoyed them. Iím sure those two companies wonít like that Iíve lumped them together, but whatever. BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1 was well done and I enjoyed it a lot. For anyone who has read the comic, Part 2 likely wonít be that much of a surprise, but since I have yet to get to that, Iím eagerly awaiting the next installment to see how things wrap up.

This film is definitely worth owning.

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