Are you feeling a little down now that Christopher Nolan has completed his Dark Knight Trilogy? Looking for the next place to find your batfix? Well fear not, faithful batfans! One of the most revered Batman stories and also one of the greatest graphic novels ever, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, is going to be made into a full-length two-part animated feature. The trailer is up for Part 1, via MTV Geek, and it does not disappoint.
DKR is set in a decidedly more seedy, run-down version of Gotham where the Batman hasn’t been seen for more than ten years. Bruce Wayne is now an aging and frustrated man, trying to come to grips with no longer wearing the mantle while his city continues to decline. You can guess where things go from here. With the help of the new Robin, Carrie Kelly, Batman fights the forces of the ravenous Mutant gang, Two-Face, the Joker, and even Superman himself in one of the greatest knock-down, drag-out grudge matches ever printed in the pages of DC Comics.
The original graphic novel, written and illustrated by Frank Miller with the help of Klaus Janson and legendary colorist Lynn Varley, was published in 1986 and set a dramatic shift in tone for how superheroes were dealt with from then on out.
Things are looking really good judging by the trailer, with visuals and dialogue lifted straight from the comic. Robocop's Peter Weller will voice the geriatric Bruce Wayne and Modern Family's Ariel Winter will voice the new Robin. DC's animation wing has been absolutely knocking it out of the park lately. If you don't believe me, check out 2011's excellent adaptation of Miller and David Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One. Word on the street is that Part 1 is will be available for Blu-Ray, DVD and download this fall.
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