Friday, September 21, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-Ray Review


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: 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.

Review: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One paints a phenominal picture of a tortured and hollow Bruce Wayne, trying desperately to keep the promise that had set the Batman into retirement for the past decade.  Now, with the mutant gang escalating their violence and Harvey Dent on the lamb, Bruce is pushed over the edge mentally and emotionally...and he must bring back the Bat.

Its truly a thing of beauty to watch as the animators bring the Bat back into this grim and dark Gotham.  He attacks from the shadows, sharp and brutal..just the way all good fanboys wish for.  The theme music is very Nolanesque and the action is intense.  They do a wonderful job of bringing this very 80s themed tale into the modern age.  Peter Weller's portrayl of the Bat is gritty, dark and grim.  Exactly what you'd imagine when reading the comics.

Its funny...as a kid and an adult fan I've read through the graphic novel dozens of times..it changed the way I viewed comic books.  And I figured watching this would be a little dull, since I am so familiar with the story....but they did such an amazing job of bringing this epic tale to life that I was riveted to the screen.  This is one of the best animated adaptations of Batman to date.  To watch this first part of the legendary saga was a breath of fresh air for me as a fan.  After the overhyped live action version out this summer, I felt let down.  This animated feature has revitalized my passion and has reminded me what I love the most about Batman.

Parental warning - this is not a children's Batman cartoon.  This is based on a very graphic comic and contains its share of cursing, violence and blood.


Links: DVD Legion

Interest Range: Animation, Dc Comics
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