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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

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Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-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?

Director:

Jay Oliva

Writers:

Bob Kane (character created by: Batman), Frank Miller (comic book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Ariel Winter ... Robin / Carrie Kelley (voice)
David Selby ... Commissioner Gordon (voice)
Wade Williams ... Harvey Dent (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Hernando (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Don (voice)
Paget Brewster ... Lana Lang (voice)
Maria Canals-Barrera ... Ellen Yindel (voice) (as Maria Canals)
Cathy Cavadini ... Joanie (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)
Townsend Coleman ... Morrie (voice)
Grey Griffin ... Anchor Carla (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
Richard Doyle ... The Mayor (voice)
Greg Eagles ... Mackie (voice)
Michael Emerson ... Joker (voice)
Michael Jackson ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
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Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-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?

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Gotham City Belongs To The Batman (Deluxe Edition) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

For children's marketing reasons, the scene where Commissioner Gordon is smoking a cigar in the graphic novel is replaced with nicotine gum. Commissioner Gordon actually explains this, stating, "My wife made me quit the cigars." See more »

Quotes

Son of Batman: The Mutants are dead. This is the new face of the law. We are the sons of Batman. And Gotham's criminals are about to enter hell.
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Alternate Versions

A version was released on October 8, 2013 entitled 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Deluxe Edition'. This version combines both parts into a single 148 minute movie. however it cuts out the newscast part from the opening scene of Part 2. See more »

Connections

Version of Batman Returns (1992) See more »

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
15 September 2012 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

The Dark Knight Returns, is for me, the best Batman film of the year. The animation is superb, especially when the action kicks off. It sees Bruce Wayne return to crime fighting after a 10 year absence. Unlike his Nolan counterpart however, he was Batman for a damn sight longer than just a year. His return is depicted as an obsession that finally grabs control and pulls him in. He barely even notices it when he shaves off his mustache as it just becomes a natural part of the process. A new threat, called The Mutants, rises in Gotham, and Batman has to sort them out. His age becomes his weakness as he must go up against the leader of The Mutants. he film is littered with cuts to TV shows and newscasts discussing whether or not Batman is a help or a hindrance. Peter Weller does a great job as the voice of Batman, and it's nice to see a Batman with a dark and dangerous sense of humour. As an adaptation it remains fairly close to the source material, but manages to capture the ferocity of the violence without being too graphic. Gotham looked and felt exactly how I remember it when I was growing up. This is great stuff, and is a huge tease for Part 2, where we will see The Joker once again.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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