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First trailer and clip from The Dark Knight Returns animated film puts Batman in a familiar light

Aug. 29, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Frank Miller's seminal 1986 Batman tale, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, has been a staple in comic book history since it first hit stands. Now, the classic story is on its way to the small screen in animated form from the folks at Warner Premiere. Featuring the voice talents of Peter Weller as Batman, Ariel Winter as Robin, Michael Emerson as Joker, and a host of others, the DTV film is ripe with the flavors of Miller's series, from iconic imagery and a nod to the writer/artist's style.

Today, we have the trailer and a clip from the film, both of which sing the praises of the source material. The film is split into two parts, again showing the care being taken to adapt the series into a manner that would tell the entire tale. If you're a fan of Warner Premiere and DCU's animated films, then this should do it for you.

Here's the trailer:

Here's the clip:

Warner Premiere, the animation leg of Warner Bros. recently announced that they'd be shutting their doors, stating that declinging DTV sales have forced them to do so: "Given the continuing decline in the direct-to-video film market and shifting business models in the production of digital series, the decision was made to close Warner Premiere," the studio said. "The division will continue and complete production on its remaining film and digital series project into the Fall."

So, what does that mean for the second part of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS? Even though Warner Premiere says they will be finishing up their remaining projects, it does put a damper on whether or not they'll release part two on blu-ray/DVD. With the digitial format starting to corner the market, it's certainly possible that it may be a digital only release, which might drive collectors mad, having only part one sitting on their shelf, while part two hides out on their computer.

THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: PART ONE is slated to be released on September 25, 2012 with PART TWO set for release sometime in 2013, either on blu-ray/DVD or potentially as a digital only release.

Extra Tidbit: Do you still buy DTV movies or do you rent them first, either in-store or digital? Personally, I'm happy to see the digital format continue to press forward. I'm running out of shelf space in a hurry and you might see me on hoarders one day if it continues...
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1:42PM on 08/30/2012

Looks great!

Reminds me of the one MAIN thing Rises never had. We never saw Batman being an absolute badass. He wildly threw a few punches and screamed (reminded me of that scene from A Christmas Story where the kid finally beat up the bully), but never once did I feel like he was a complete and total badass who owned the situation.
Reminds me of the one MAIN thing Rises never had. We never saw Batman being an absolute badass. He wildly threw a few punches and screamed (reminded me of that scene from A Christmas Story where the kid finally beat up the bully), but never once did I feel like he was a complete and total badass who owned the situation.
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8:40PM on 08/29/2012

Excellent.

We all know who the voice of Batman is. However, I think Weller is perfect for this story. Very excited seeing this come to life albeit animated. So far DC Animated hasn't let me down.
We all know who the voice of Batman is. However, I think Weller is perfect for this story. Very excited seeing this come to life albeit animated. So far DC Animated hasn't let me down.
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7:17PM on 08/29/2012

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A little bit of both- I can rent movies out from my work, so I do. (I work at Movie Stop)
A little bit of both- I can rent movies out from my work, so I do. (I work at Movie Stop)
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4:14PM on 08/29/2012
Fun. Count me in. Peter Weller sounds an awful lot like Michael Ironside these days. So will there be a Strikes Again? Id love to see Supes get his ass handed to him
Fun. Count me in. Peter Weller sounds an awful lot like Michael Ironside these days. So will there be a Strikes Again? Id love to see Supes get his ass handed to him
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4:08PM on 08/29/2012

love miller's batman silhouette

and peter weller is totally tits
and peter weller is totally tits
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1:00PM on 08/29/2012
At last! I've been expecting this for 20 years now...This looks excellent, I cannot wait to watch this bad boy. I am now confident that THIS will wash down my throat the sour taste left by TDKR!
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At last! I've been expecting this for 20 years now...This looks excellent, I cannot wait to watch this bad boy. I am now confident that THIS will wash down my throat the sour taste left by TDKR!
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12:35PM on 08/29/2012
This is crazy OLD news - Trailer came out weeks ago lol
BUT STILL, I'm so down for this. TDKReturns is one of the greatest graphic novels I've read - let alone Batman stories
This is crazy OLD news - Trailer came out weeks ago lol
BUT STILL, I'm so down for this. TDKReturns is one of the greatest graphic novels I've read - let alone Batman stories
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12:05PM on 08/29/2012
Oh my God, Peter Weller as Batman? Another good reason to buy this movie.
Oh my God, Peter Weller as Batman? Another good reason to buy this movie.
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11:57AM on 08/29/2012

Doesn't quite look dark and gritty enough, but I'll take it.

It bugs me that Nolan used scenes from this for TDKR, so people unfamiliar with the book will think they are ripping off Nolan's work instead of the other way around. Hope they nail the mudhole/operating table scene.
It bugs me that Nolan used scenes from this for TDKR, so people unfamiliar with the book will think they are ripping off Nolan's work instead of the other way around. Hope they nail the mudhole/operating table scene.
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1:12PM on 08/29/2012
I hate how they tried to mix TDKReturns with Knightfall and a bunch of other comics. It had conflicting ideas, and morals that never made it into the final film.

Why can't they adapt things directly instead of mixing it all together into a big mess?
I hate how they tried to mix TDKReturns with Knightfall and a bunch of other comics. It had conflicting ideas, and morals that never made it into the final film.

Why can't they adapt things directly instead of mixing it all together into a big mess?
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