The Dark Knight Returns is arguably the finest comic book story ever told. From the mind of Frank Miller, the story is responsible for so much of what we see in the modern day Batman world, be it in comic book or film form. At the time, despite great stories from the likes of Denny O’Neil, Batman was a bit more jovial, bright and cheery -– think Adam West but not quite as camp. Miller’s 1988 The Dark Knight Returns work changed all that.
Featuring a 55-year-old Bruce Wayne — 10 years retired as Batman — that is searching for a worthy death in a world that has no use for him, the arc soon gathered a cult following. The book was responsible for putting the dark in the Dark Knight moniker, with a brutal, bitter, clinical Batman rising from its pages. This is the book that truly made Batman a badass and would go on to have a lasting impression on every Batman story that would follow it.
The guys behind the DC Animated Universe, a term that first came into play with the early 90′s Batman: The Animated Series, recently got the green light to adapt Miller’s classic book into an animated feature. Given the size of the book, the decision was made to split the adaptation into two parts. Overseen by the usual suspects — Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett et al –- Bob Goodman adapts Miller’s work for the screen and Jay Oliva directs.
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“The Dark Knight Returns” Animated Movie Sneak Peek
If you were able to pick up DC’s Superman Vs. The Elite animated movie, then you may have already viewed the sneak peek for Warner Bros. Animated’s next movie. It looks like Warner has been developing an animated adaptation of the Frank Miller classic, The Dark Knight Returns.
The story is going to be split in two parts, with the first coming out this fall. Part two comes out early 2013. In addition to the video, here’s the official synopsis.
Peter Weller (Robocop) will voice Batman/Bruce Wayne and Ariel Winter (Modern Family) will voice Robin. The film will also feature David Selby (original Dark Shadows), Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face; and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the psychiatrist who releases the Joker from the insane asylum in the comic. The movie is being directed by Jay Oliva, who was the storyboard artist for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, from a script by Bob Goodman.
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Not sure what to make of this just yet, but apparently DC & Warner Bros. Animation are releasing a two-part animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s super violent 1986 masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns.
Hit the break for casting news & some images.
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