Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 (DVD)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 (DVD)

One of the greatest Batman tales of all time gets animated, and it turns out Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is essential viewing for any fan of the iconic original comic.

For those unfamiliar with Miller's Batman: the story is set a decade after Bruce Wayne has retired from his role as the crime-busting caped crusader, and the Dark Knight has become urban myth. Life in Gotham is worse than ever with a new street gang called the Mutants terrorising citizens, committing all sorts of heinous crimes and even going so far as killing children.

Bruce Wayne is haunted more than ever by his demons and the death of his parents, and agonises over the deterioration of his city. The unending tide of crime pushes him to once more don his cape and cowl and to pick up the cudgels against the bad guys. In the process, he loses one friend and gains a new sidekick. Can he regain the public's trust, too?

The art merges the dark atmosphere created in Miller's book and the animation style of the Warner Brothers stable. Voice acting overall is fine although the choice of Peter Weller as an aged Batman felt odd and lacking in the necessary dark intensity.

This is a masterful interpretation of Miller's Batman tale and, unequivocally, a necessary purchase for anybody with even the slightest interest in the DC Comics character.

The movie is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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