Above Image: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013) The Joker (Michael Emerson)
Back in 1986, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns revolutionized graphic novels. In The Dark Knight Returns Bruce Wayne, now an aging 55-year-old, comes out of retirement to fight crime, but he faces off against the corruption of the police of Gotham City and the United States government.
The book inspired many parts of The Dark Knight Rises. Things like Bruce Wayne becoming a recluse and returning to Gotham City after a long absence. A high-speed car chase between cops and criminals with a veteran cop telling his young partner, "You are in for a show tonight, son." Wayne using a mechanical brace to support and strengthen his body. Bruce shaving his mustache. All from the novel.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was recently turned into a sweeping two-part animated movie directed by Jay Olivia starring Peter Weller (Bruce Wayne\Batman) Ariel Winter (Robin\Carrie Kelley) David Selby (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Emerson (Joker), and Mark Valley (Superman).
In part one, Bruce Wayne meets the new Robin and comes out of retirement to fight a growing mob of mutants. In part two of the series, Batman faces off against a "reformed" Joker released from Arkham Asylum and goes head-to-head with Superman.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 was released yesterday and it looks amazing.
I already featured one clip from the movie last week, but here are a few more to get you in the mood. Be warned there's more blood than in your average Disney film and some might be spoilers if you haven't read the novel.
3. Find the Nerve
4. "I Am the Law"
5. Joker Visits a Talk Show
6. Batman vs. Joker
7. Superman Threatens Batman
8. "I Want you to remember the one Man who beat you"
9. Superman vs. Nuclear Missle
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.
Actors: Peter Weller, Michael Emerson, David Selby, Michael McKean, Ariel Winter
Directors: Jay Oliva
Writers: Bob Goodman
Producers: Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Sam Register
What do you think about The Dark Knight Returns Part 2? Would you watch it?
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