THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS as a badass old Batman in this first trailer

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OK, calm down before you start spewing your coffee all over your keyboard. No, this is not a new Chris Nolan Batman movie. What it is, is the animated adaptation of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Batman stories of all time: Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

It’s a gritty and dark tale that in 1986 reinvented the caped crusader for modern audiences. And now it’s being brought to life on screen. Oh and did I mention that Robocop is Batman?!

“Part 1” – because all the cool kids movies are being split into multiple parts, so why can’t Batman? – will be released on Blu Ray and DVD on September 25, and stars Peter Weller as an aging Batman who comes out of retirement to lay the grey haired smackdown on some uppity punks! “Git off mah Manor lawn!”

I have to admit, while the film still looks cool, the tone appears to be completely different from Miller’s comic, which had an almost noirish feel to it. A large part of that was contributed through Bruce Wayne’s inner dialogue, which unfortunately is either not present in the movie at all, or just not in this trailer.

That being said, it is still an incredible story – for a long time my personal favourite comic book story of all time – and the more people that get to experience it, the better.

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Oh and yes, that is indeed the Joker’s smile you saw there.

Synopsis:

…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, 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.

Last Updated: August 1, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Erwin Kempff

    Wait, did Batman kill someone?

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