Here’s the pitch for The Dark Knight Returns, an animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel: it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne last appeared as Batman, but a new threat to Gotham in the form of a hulking madman helps to draw the Dark Knight out of retirement as he makes a final bid to save Gotham, and this time he teams up with a young woman to do so. Sound a little like a certain movie currently dominating the multiplex? If so, it’s because The Dark Knight Rises borrowed liberally from The Dark Knight Returns. And now, the classic ‘80s comic is officially getting its due, thanks to a new animated film.
This direct to disc/ digital adaptation finds Gotham rotting after Batman’s decade-long absence, with gang’s fighting for dominion over the city. But the return of Harvey Two-Face draws Bats out of retirement, and along with a teenager named Carrie (perhaps you know her better as Robin) the Dark Knight returns to save his city from the brink of destruction.
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This should go down well with fans of darker Batman stories, featuring as it does a cynical, middle-aged Batman who embraces fascism as a means to destroy crime and keep Gotham safe.
The Dark Knight Returns will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digitally on September 25.
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