Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 is the first in a two-part direct-to-video animated adaptation of the 1986 story of the same name that was written by Frank Miller. The film is being produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, and Warner Home Video. It will premiere in New York on September 20th, 2012, and in L.A. on September 24th, and will be available to the public to purchase on September 25th, 2012.
In the bleak and ominous future of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.
The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie Kelly who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new … and old.
Differences between the comic and filmEdit
- In the comic, Two-Face's resurgence and bombing attempt occurred after the Joker emerged from his catatonia due to news reports of Batman defeating the Mutant Leader. In the film, it took place before the Mutant Leader was defeated. Because of this, Joker was not involved in Two-Face's plot at all, and it is implied in the film that Two-Face simply lied about not blowing up his men in order to ensure he committed suicide rather than the bombs being sabotaged by the Joker via Abner.
- The scene where Batman shot a mutant that was holding a baby hostage was framed in such a way that made clear that he shot the mutant non-lethally in the film, while in the comic, it was left ambiguous as to whether he killed the mutant or not.
- Peter Weller as Batman
- Ariel Winter as Carrie Kelly
- Wade Williams as Harvey Dent
- Michael McKean as Bartholomew Wolper
- David Selby as James Gordon
- Gary Anthony Williams as Mutant Leader
- Gary Anthony Sturgis as Silk