Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 was unquestionably one of the best installments of the already stellar ongoing line of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. With fantastic pacing, intelligent scripting and bone-crunchingly brilliant fight scenes, it was an extremely faithful animated adaptation that stands alongside the best of the animated and live action Batman films.


That all said, we knew from the start that it was the setup jabs to the knock out punch that would be coming in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.


Win Tickets to the Premiere of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1

It’s one of the most widely read, popular and acclaimed graphic novels in the history of the medium. It influenced a generation of writers and artists, reinvented a classic character for a smart and savvy new audience and helped shepherd in a new era of bold, mature storytelling in the comic book medium. And on Tuesday, September 25th, it will be brought to animated life in a two-part adaptation care of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

It’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with racecars and liquor – but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.


The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new…and old.

Peter Weller
David Selby
Ariel Winter
Wade Williams
Michael McKean
Jay Oliva
Bob Goodman
Sam Register
Bruce Timm
Crime & Gangster

Close out the week with another open thread: Favorite DC storyline?

Did you think we’d stop at just one? We liked the idea of polling creators on their favorite covers so much – and based on their response, they liked it, too – we decided to expand the question a bit: What’s your favorite DC Comics storyline of all time? So, Source readers, let your wheels start turning. What’s that one issue, storyline, etc. that stands above and beyond the others as your favorite DC Comics storyline? I know what mine is. Share yours in the comments below.


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