Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One – ABC Film Challenge – Comic Books – B – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One – Movie Review
Director: Jay Oliva
Writer: Bob Goodman (Screenplay)
Writer: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson (Comic Book)
Cast (Voice Talents)
- Peter Weller (Robocop)
- Ariel Winter (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
- David Selby (The Social Network)
- Wade Williams (The Dark Knight Rises)
- Carlos Alazraqui (Planes)
Plot: 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?
Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One starts 10 years after Batman has vanished. An aging Bruce Wayne has continued his friendship with Commissioner Gordon, helping through crimes. When a mutant group has started taking over the city, causing pain and problems.
Bruce Wayne steps back into the Batman costume to face the mutants, as Harvey Dent has recently been released from prison. This sees Bruce get a new Robin, one that could help put aside the pain he suffered from losing the last one.
Verdict on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One is an animated action movie. It dives into one of Batman’s darker graphic novels as he faces a new enemy in a group known only as the Mutants. This sees Batman come out of hiding for the first time in a decade.
This does feel a lot darker than many of the other animated movies. However, lacking a villain that has any real motivation or iconises, holds everything back. On the other side of this though, we get to see an aging Bruce Wayne, which helps see the legacy of batman in Gotham. The movie offers up a discussion about Batman’s involvement in defending the city, leaving the discussion on whether he is right to or not.
Final Thoughts – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One is a darker start to a bigger story.