The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 Review
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1
A review by Crysstal Hubbard
Based on the graphic novel series by Frank Miller, the animated film was exactly what this fan of the original comic was hoping for. In spite of being a long time devotee of its creators, including Bruce W. Timm and Alan Burnett, I still found myself cautious. So, it was to my relief that this movie was a beautifully directed cartoon that held true to the story and world created by Miller.
Part 1 starts 10 years after the last sighting of the Batman and the impending retirement of Commissioner Gordon. Gotham City has suffered without it’s caped crusader standing guard among it’s grotesques, ravaged by a vicious gang calling themselves The Mutants.
Bruce Wayne, voiced by Dexter’s Peter Weller, has made the decision to once again don the cowl, but will his body, suffering from age and a “healthy” drinking habit only betray him?
In the background of this war between the criminals and the resurrected Dark Knight is a young girl, Carrie Kelley, voiced by Modern Family’s Ariel Winter, who finds more than hope in the Batman’s return, she find purpose, deciding to join him in his fight as the new Robin.
Fan favorites like Rob and Don, Lana Lang, Anchor Carla, Harvey Dent and a cliffhanger of The Joker are all here in Part 1 of the highly anticipated feature adaptation of the graphic novel that changed Batman, and for many, comic books in general, forever.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Paget Brewster
Directed By: Jay Oliva
Screenplay: Bob Goodman
Based on the Graphic Novels by Frank Miller
Produced/Distributed by Warner Premier/Warner Home Video
Rated PG-13 Length: 76mins