Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 quick movie review

Batman_The_Dark_Knight_Returns_Part_1_movie_posterWhew, that’s a mouthful of a title, huh?  But there’s plenty of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns to justify the two movie story – and it’s existence – but not much more than that.

Of the two parts, I’d say that part 1 of The Dark Knight Returns is the better, more entertaining half of the story.  It’s fun to get acquainted with this new Gotham City and a new Bruce Wayne – they’re both older and they’ve both changed.  I’d of never thought I’d see Bruce Wayne driving a race care and thinking something tot he tune of, “This would be a good death…  [to die in a race car accident]  But not good enough.”  It calls into question whether or not being Batman was about thrill seeking, revenge, or justice, or if somewhere along the road, the line got blurred, but it doesn’t matter anymore, because Bruce hasn’t been Batman for 10 years, and he’s kinda old.

This movie features Peter Weller as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman rather than Kevin Conroy, who is almost always the voice of Batman in any animated presentation since the late 80s, and Weller is OK, but he just doesn’t hit the mark – it’s not so noticeable in Part 1, but he makes a speech in Part 2 that I didn’t believe for a second.

It’s an interesting story with interesting characters, but unless you’re really into Batman, you might want to skip this one – especially if you saw The Dark Knight Rises and you didn’t think it was anything great.  On the other hand, if you couldn’t get enough of DKR, then this is the movie series for you.  I give Batman:  The Dark Knight ReturnsPart 1 a 7.5 out of 8.

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Posted on April 5, 2013, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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