Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 [2 Discs] [DVD] [2013]

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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (112 out of 114)

Special Features


  • Disc one with movie:
  • Preview of DC universe's next animated movie Superman: Unbound
  • Disc two special features:
  • Superman vs. Batman: when heroes collide
  • From the DC comics vault: 3 bonus cartoons

Synopsis


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns is adapted for the small screen with a sprawling Warner Premiere animated film series that finds an old and weary Bruce Wayne (voiced by Robocop himself, Peter Weller) donning the cape and cowl once again after a long retirement. Covering the final two issues of the series, Part 2 pits the outlawed crusader against his nemesis, The Joker (voiced by LOST's Michael Emerson), as well as a militarized Superman, who carries out justice in the name of the United States of America. Ariel Winter (Modern Family) plays a female version of Robin, with Dark Shadows' David Selby rounding out the voice cast. Jay Oliva (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights directs from a script by Bob Goodman. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Peter Weller
    Peter Weller - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Ariel Winter
    Ariel Winter - Robin
  • David Selby
    David Selby
  • Michael Emerson
    Michael Emerson - The Joker
  • Michael McKean
    Michael McKean - Dr. Wolper



Customer rating

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99%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than the live action films by far!

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    TapSkill
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    While the Dark Knight Rises film was a huge let-down to me, a similar animated movie, Dark Knight Returns, was available to fill its shoes. This movie did everything that I originally hoped Dark Knight Rises would do, including visualizing an old Bruce Wayne, introducing a new, female Robin, and returning to Batman's roots as a vigilante who has to fight the police as well as the criminals. The good: 1. The premise is good. Batman returns from retirement. 2. Batman's voice may seem bland at first, but it grows on you. He seems a lot more intelligent and educated than the previous Batman voices I've heard. I like this change. 3. Batman enters into an all-out fight against Superman. The bad: 1. Animation quality suffers greatly during some of the gunfight scenes, and you can easily notice some very lazy animation shortcuts being taken. I have seen more attention to detail in motion comics! 2. Voices of important characters are sometimes very bland and unremarkable. 3. You need to purchase two separate movies (part 1 & part 2) to get the whole experience. I want to touch on the animation issues. There is a moment in part 2 when Robin is scaling a roller coaster by jumping up the pipe structure. She does not have any depth inside the scene and just seems to hover over the scenery like an overlay. None of the bars ever go in front of her, making it seem like she can fly, which is not the case. Overall, both movies are worth getting, together or apart, and will entertain all Batman fans. The Joker is as sadistic as ever. Dark Knight Returns is based on a very old comic, so do not expect a whole lot of fan-service. These two movies will not show a whole lot of backstory and will require the viewers to have some previous knowledge of Batman lore in order to truly appreciate the story. However, in part 2, Superman is awesome, so if you just want to see the cool superhero fight scenes, get part 2. The DVD/Blu-Ray extras are neither amazing nor stale. You get a digital comic version of the story on the Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray disc also has a few featurettes. The DVD has a few commercials for other DC animated movies, including Superman Unbound. The featurettes include a few interviews, some retrospectives, and 3 "bonus cartoons", which are most likely Batman Beyond episodes. (I have not checked yet, but part 1 had 2 Batman Beyond episodes on it.) For the most part, the extras do not interest me. I bought these combo packs simply because I wanted as many ways to watch the movies as possible. However, I think the bonus cartoons are very nice bonuses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Batman animation movie, but not for kids...

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    Djmixalot
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    I've seen, if not purchased most every Batman animation that's been released on DVD/Bluray. That's why I have to say this is the most mature/adult oriented piece I've seen yet. Because of the mature nature of the themes, I'd make sue the audience is upper-high school or above. Bet hey, if your liberal with your kids, then I guess that's on you :-) Don't misunderstand and think there's a lot of blood and gore in this movie. There's some when appropriate, but it can be a bit much for American audiences, when it comes to animation. That might be true for if you haven't seen much Anime (Japanese animation, which tends, not always, to address more mature topics than American animation; but that's slowly changing :-) So, what would it look like if Batman retired? What would that look like? It makes you consider why he retired and what would make him consider coming out of retirement. And it also asks the question: what happens if the government doesn't want you around, because they feel you're an uncontrolled vigilante? And what happens when you throw in an old arch nemesis into the mix? And what happens when the old Commisioner retires (Batman's ally) and is replaced by a new one? Well, what you end up with is great story telling, intense action, great voice overs (including the guy's voice that played Robocop: Peter Weller). And the background music helps to keep you immersed in the story. One of the reasons this movie is so gritty and mature is because it was originally a graphic novel by Frank Miller. So with such a great writing as the source material, you're bound to have an end result of a great piece of animation! Excellent movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Batman Story

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    Horatio99
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    The graphic novel series this is based on came out when I was in high school and to me was the defining Batman that I always had wanted but didn't know until I read it. I wish Kevin Conroy from Batman the Animated Series had done the Batman/Bruce voice and Mark Hamill had done the Joker Voice. That;s not to say that the actors that did the movie are bad. I know a lot of comic fans of the graphic novel were disappointed that Batman and some other character's internal thoughts/voiceovers were not included in the movie but that didn't really bother me. I realize that certain changes are made when stories switch media. The best part is the epic fights between Batman and Joker and Batman and Superman. Any Batman fan should be sure to add this to their collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Anime

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    KonditorAlex
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    The continuation of the story of what Bruce Wayne would be like as an older man who feels all the pain of the abuse that his body took when he was a young crimefighter. The world has gotten more violent and he can no longer sit by yet he feels every hurt in a way he didn't decades earlier. The animation is darker and more like the more recent movies that show the world with the darkness and the pollution of the city. This new tale doesn't pull any punches but tells a good story. It also lets you into the backstory of the intervening decades in a way that makes sense.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the all time great Batman stories

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    BestBuyer
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    Let me preface this review with the fact that I'm a HUGE Batman fan. TDKR is widely considered one of the best Batman stories, ever. I think the animated movie does a great job at capturing the essence of the original graphic novel. It does stray a bit away from the original in parts, but probably makes it better overall in my opinion. This movie comes in two parts and I recommend both. If you are a parent considering this for your child, just know there is a small bit of risque material in part two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    YES!!!

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    JQ16
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    I will have to say that I Love all of these films as I state throughout my reviews of all of these DC animations, and animations in general. This film is Jay Oliva's Greatest Work. A diamond in the Rough. I mean really really GREAT, like all the other DC comic animated movies. The feel of this rivals the live action Chris Nolan Batman films. Such a Great Job really! Phenomenal. Fans need to Buy the Entire DC animated collection. I am a Harsh critic about these movies and yet these keep getting my purchases!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best

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    JQ16
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    I will have to say that I Love all of these films as I state throughout my reviews of all of these DC animations, and animations in general. This film is Jay Oliva's Greatest Work. A diamond in the Rough. I mean really really GREAT, like all the other DC comic animated movies. The feel of this rivals the live action Chris Nolan Batman films. Such a Great Job really! Fans need to Buy the Entire DC animated collection. I am a Harsh critic about these movies and yet these keep getting my purchases!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Decent adaptation of the great graphic novel

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    JOHN
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    I bought this and part 1 on blue ray, becasue I was always a fan of the graphic novel. Storywise its right on, but the only gripe was the same as with the graphic novel. I was never a big fan of the art of the graphic novel, again loved it, because the story was just fantastic. But they tried to mimic the style of the comic into the film and it looked like the characters were deformed, lol. but still if your a fan of the graphic novel this and part 1 are worth picking up.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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