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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pop! Figures Revealed

Diamond, Funko Celebrate 30 Years of the Dark Knight Returns with PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Figures

 

(BALTIMORE, MD) – (June 14, 2015) – Frank Miller’s groundbreaking and acclaimed graphic novel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016, and Diamond Comic Distributors and Funko have teamed up for a line of PREVIEWS exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures.

You’ll find four impressive depictions of Batman from The Dark Knight Returns in the urban stylized design of Funko POP! Heroes Vinyl Figures, with a design that could only be inspired by the mind of Frank Miller. The line continues in the months ahead with PX figures of the Joker (available October 2016), government agent Superman (available January 2017), and Carrie Kelly’s Robin (available February 2017)!

The seven PX figures will be available to preorder from the July PREVIEWS for a suggested retail price of $11.99 each:

• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BATMAN BLUE PX VINYL FIG (JUL162701)
• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BATMAN BLACK PX VINYL FIG (JUL162702)
• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ARMORED BATMAN PX VINYL FIG (JUL162703)
• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS UNMASKED AMORED BATMAN PX VINYL FIG (JUL1620704)
• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS JOKER PX VINYL FIG (JUL162706, Available OCT 2016)
• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS SUPERMAN PX VINYL FIG (JUL162707, available JAN 2017)
• POP DC HEROES DARK KNIGHT RETURNS CARRIE KELLY ROBIN PX VINYL FIG (JUL162705, available FEB 2017)

Fans are encouraged to pre-order their own The Dark Knight Returns Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures at their local comic book shop from the July PREVIEWS catalog to ensure they get each when they are released in early September.

To find a comic shop to order, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

 

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Batman: Arkham Knight Gotham’s Future Skin Pack Revealed

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A new pre-order bonus for Batman: Arkham Knight has been revealed with the Gotham’s Future Skin Pack which features the Batman Beyond suit as well as The Dark Knight Returns suit, which also inspired the new Ben Affleck Batman costume for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Gotham’s Future Skin Pack comes free with the pre-order.

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available June 23rd exclusively for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham Knight “Be The Batman” trailer:

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Frank Miller Returns For The Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race

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With Batman Vs. Superman inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, DC Comics has announced Miller will return for the third part of the comic series.

Frank Miller will write The Dark Knight III: The Master Race along with Brian Azarello, with the artist to-be-announced. The eight-issue comic will be released twice per month starting this Fall.

Full details:

 

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE”
Completes Trilogy in Legendary “Dark Knight” Saga

 

DC Entertainment announced today that bestselling, iconic Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will write the epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga.

The “THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the sequel to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

Miller will be joined by acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, and WONDER WOMAN) on the eight-issue comic book periodical, to be published twice a month under the DC Comics imprint.  Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” said Miller, “but we’ll do our best.”

“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”

According to Azzarello, “It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”

Artists for the project have yet to be announced.

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Watch: DC All Access With Klaus Janson Talking Superman & The Dark Knight Returns

DC All Access caught up with inker Klaus Janson for a behind-the-scenes look at his process of working on the pencils of John Romita Jr. for their new Superman run, which is written by Geoff Johns.

Janson also happened to ink Romita’s work on Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” Batman storyline, which inspired Batman Vs. Superman, where he mentions Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and the Nolan movies.

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Can you imagine drawing over a work of art? Well, Klaus Janson does it every day. In this exclusive DC All Access clip, Tiffany goes behind-the-scene on Superman with legendary inker Janson, who sheds some light on his collaboration with John Romita, Jr. and even lets Tiffany ink a Superman page! (Well…kind of.)

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Batman Vs. Superman Won’t Be Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Says Zack Snyder (Video)

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At this past Summer’s Comic-Con fans learned the news of Batman Vs. Superman through the use of a quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel which featured a fight between The Dark Knight and The Last Son Of Krypton.

Following that, a rumor hit that Zack Snyder had brought Frank Miller onboard Batman Vs. Superman as a consultant.

For those that read the comic, you know that there are some differences between the Henry Cavill Superman and the Man of Steel from The Dark Knight Returns as well as an age difference between Ben Affleck and the Batman from the story.

Zack Snyder and Kevin Smith recently held a Man of Steel Blu-Ray QnA where following the event they talked Batman Vs. Superman with DC All Access.

Both Smith and Snyder note Batman Vs. Superman is not going to be a direct adaptation of Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

“I don’t want to see in this movie, and I don’t think Zack is trying to do, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns,” Kevin Smith offered. “That will deserve its own movie. God willing, he is going to do it.”

“Absolutely,” agreed Snyder. “If you were going to do that you would need a different Superman. We are bringing Batman into the universe that now this Superman lives in.”

“Batman Vs. Superman” has a July 17, 2015 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Zack Snyder Brings Frank Miller On Board Superman / Batman Man of Steel 2

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As Zack Snyder announced the Man of Steel sequel with Superman/Batman at Comic-Con, Harry Lennix read a quote from The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel which featured the Caped Crusader and the Last Son Of Krypton.

While Snyder said the movie isn’t being based on the graphic novel, now it is being reported that Zack Snyder has brought the creator of The Dark Knight Returns comic book on board Superman/Batman in what sounds like an advisory role with Frank Miller.

The UK’s Independent reports that a source close to Miller told them about the meeting:

Frank had no idea the announcement in San Diego was going to happen so it did come as a surprise. He’s going to be meeting up with Zach in the next few days to go over the plans for the Superman film so things should be clearer after that.

Zack Snyder also adapted the Frank Miller graphic novel 300, with the sequel produced by Snyder coming out soon.

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane with a new Batman to be cast.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & 2 Deluxe Edition Announced

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing both parts of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns animated movie in one deluxe edition.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & 2 will be packaged together and available October 8th featuring Blu-Ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet copies as well as the special features from the previous editions.

It’s unknown if the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe set will feature any new bonus content.

(via Blu-Ray.com)

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With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

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Blu-Ray Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

The Return of Roboer, Batman

A Review of The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

Frank Miller’s seminal work in The Dark Knight Returns continues to take on new life in part 2 of the animated adaptation directed by Jay Olivia.  Part 1 certainly set the table with tremendous dedication to the source material in terms of art and tone while giving the viewer an added glimpse in between the panels at some of the action that led to this tale’s most iconic moments.  Part 2 follows suit quite nicely as the stakes for Batman go through the roof with Joker on the loose, the Man of Steel to contend with and lest we not forget the whole possibility of global thermo nuclear war with the Soviet Union looming in the background. 

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It is on like Donkey Kong!

The art continues to be right on the mark with every character: from the creepy Ronal Reagan-inspired President to the “zombie” Superman surviving a nuclear blast to a one armed Oliver Queen “having one more crack at the boy scout.”  Storyboard artists Brendan Clogher, Christie Tseng and Kirk Van Wormer working with animation checker Justin Schultz outdid themselves by mastering an art style that is unmistakable from the original, static form.  It isn’t a perfect recreation, mind you.  Bruce Wayne’s costume of a bag lady as he stops a convenient store stickup looks a lot like a fat version of Scarecrow from the Batman animated series.  Also, the vehicles depicted in every scene continue to bother me in their blocky presentation and movement.  In addition, I was not as impressed with the background art as much as the quality animation in the foreground.  However, these are all very nitpicky criticisms.  Overall, the art is very satisfying to see and extremely nostalgic to experience.

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Batman is an avid rider.

The voice over work, however, is a bit of a disappointment which is lamentable considering the new characters the audience is being presented in part 2.  Peter Weller, once again, voices Batman and after giving him a chance in part 1, part 2 confirms that I simply cannot accept anyone not named Kevin Conroy as this character.  Weller’s voice hits that one dulcet tone and never, EVER, fluctuates.  You’ll remember Michael Emerson from Lost and Person of Interest and he had the opportunity to voice Joker.  Although he gives a much more emotive performance than Peter Weller, Emerson clearly isn’t Mark Hamil.  How can anyone possibly follow a Mark Hamil Joker?  Just about every other male character: Superman (Mark Valley), Commissioner Gordon (David Selby) and Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Jackson) fail to leave any semblance of an impression.  Who knew Conan O’Brien did VO work for this project as talk show host David Endocrine?  I certainly didn’t because it was a total afterthought.  The best vocal work continues to come from Ariel Winter as Carrie Kelley/Robin.  Unfortunately, Robin has significantly less involvement in part 2 which means the audience gets less of a very good thing.

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Hi!  I’m Conan O’Brien

I highly recommend purchasing the Blu Ray/DVD combo primarily because many retailers are selling them at the exact same price points as the regular DVD this week, but also because the bonus features are very interesting.  The first feature is called When Heroes Collide and it features commentary from the likes of Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil and Bruce Timm speaking on the historic comparisons between Batman and Superman, how they could ever be set against each other and who inevitably would come out on top.  The segment I found most interesting was when the professionals were discussing classic comparisons to DC’s flagship characters: Superman = Zeus/Achilles vs. Batman = Prometheus/Odysseus, respectively.

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Clash of the titans!

The second feature called The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death is a character analysis of his popularity over the course of time and how he not only represents Batman’s greatest adversary, but perhaps the greatest villain ever conceived.  The audience will be treated to some fine observations by the man who invented the Joker, Jerry Robinson.  He discusses his preference for overpowering his villains to pose a constant threat to the hero and presents his original art work for the character in the form of the infamous Joker playing card featured in just about every manifestation of Batman in entertainment.  Also discussed is the perceived symbiosis between Batman and the Joker, specifically how Frank Miller’s work presented it almost like a constant lover’s quarrel.  Is Joker really an “omni-sexual being” in The Dark Knight Returns?

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I’m too sexy for these mirrors.

The third feature involves several storyboard walkthroughs with director Jay Olivia.  Olivia discusses his theories and philosophies of character and scene integration as they pertain to the scenes in question and the film in general.  He comes off as a passionate director who clearly wants to do right by this adaptation and has a dedicated vision to what must stay, what must go and what must be altered from the original comics to be successful on video.  This segment is a little longer as his commentary is quite thorough, but I raised an eyebrow when he discussed how he related his thoughts for action sequences by referencing other movies to his artists.  Apparently, the scene that shows Commissioner Gordon embracing his wife in front of his burning apartment was inspired by Silent Hill, the movie; not the best choice in films.

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Handsome super beings like me don’t bother with films like “Silent Hill.”

The last little bonus worth mentioning is the sneak preview of the upcoming DC direct to video project called Superman: Unbound.  This new project is an adaptation of the limited series created by Geoff Johns called Brainiac which involves the bottled city of Kandor, Supergirl, Superman’s overprotection of his loved ones like Lois Lane and the return of a much more threatening Brainiac.  Unlike The Dark Knight Returns, this project will not seek to channel the original art style in ANY way which would be fine under normal circumstances, but I had a specific reservation about one character in particular.  Brainiac is going to look almost exactly like Martian Manhunter (right down to the exact shade of green) and I simply do not understand this choice.  I found it very interesting how several comments during this feature described how this project was going to “new places” with the source material or going “left of the source.”  If this were really true, then why base any of these direct to video projects on existing storylines?  Why not give us something new in the first place?

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Something new always puts a smile on my face.

The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 is very entertaining and totally worth buying so long as it is the BluRay/DVD combo and it’s less than $15.  I was a bit upset over the fact that this movie comes with a $5 off coupon if purchased in conjunction with part 1.  This isn’t so great for someone like me who has already bought part 1, but a fine deal for anyone else.  There is a noticeable increase in the action, blood and violence in part 2.  Joker’s murder spree and the final fight with Superman are very exciting, but the dramatic bullet points of the comics don’t resonate as well in part 2 as they did in part 1.  Perhaps it was Peter Weller’s dull delivery or perhaps it was the greater emphasis on action, but I actually preferred part 1 a little more.  Bat fans will find a worthy investment in The Dark Knight Returns, but be warned, this is still not a cartoon to show to the youngsters in any Bat family due to violence and suggestive content (not even Damien).

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Batman Beyond Live-Action Movie? Producer Michael Uslan Thinks It’s A Good Idea

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Warner Bros. continues to put out hit animated movies based on the DC Comics properties with the latest being Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Part 2 comes out this week and the premiere was just held in NYC.

Jay Oliva, an artist on the animated movie, notes that the reason these keep being made is that they are such good sellers, and that when he sees them on Amazon.com behind something like The Avengers movie that it’s awesome.

Then Michael Uslan, producer on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as well as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, chimes in about a “Batman Beyond” live-action movie.

“Now if I can put by fanboy hat on again for one second,” says Uslan. “Not the producer thing, the fanboy thing. How cool might it be if one day to see a Batman Beyond live-action movie?”

Ulsan continued to the roar of the crowd,” When I think of Bruce Wayne in his 80s training a young Batman, how cool would it be to see Clint Eastwood as as Bruce Wayne in his 80s? He could pull up Batman a chair,” he joked. “You never know.”

Batman Beyond was an animated TV series from 1999-2001 that takes place in the future centering around Terry McGinnis as the new Batman trained by an elderly Bruce Wayne, and also has a new digital comic book currently out as well.

Regarding the next Batman movie, it’s currently thought to follow the Justice League Movie and debut sometime in 2016 or 2017.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2: Joker Clip Now Online

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5201:]]WB sent over a new clip from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 featuring The Joker.

The clip features the Joker showing his true colors in a guest appearance on The Dave Endochrine Show. Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) offers the hauntingly casual voice of Joker; real-life talk show host Conan O’Brien provides the voice of Dave Endochrine; and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) is the voice of Dr. Wolper.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, arrives January 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The PG-13 film is produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

The film premieres tonight (Jan. 23) at the Paley Center for Media in New York, and in Los Angeles on January 28.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2: New Superman, Joker & Batman Images

WB sent over three new images of Batman, Superman and the Joker from the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 animated movie.

You can head on over here for the latest clip.

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The clip features Batman rallying the Sons of Batman to abide by his non-lethal policy of law enforcement.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, arrives January 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The PG-13 film is produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

The film premieres at the Paley Center for Media in New York on January 23 and in Los Angeles on January 28.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Clip #2 Now Online

Warner Bros. sent over the following new clip, “I Am The Law,” for the animated movie, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.

Description:

The clip features Batman rallying the Sons of Batman to abide by his non-lethal policy of law enforcement.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, arrives January 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The PG-13 film is produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

The film premieres at the Paley Center for Media in New York on January 23 and in Los Angeles on January 28.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 First Clip Now Online

Warner Bros. sent over the first official clip for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.

The clip features Batman facing off against a large contingent of Gotham City police and their leader, new Commissioner Ellen Yindel.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, arrives January 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The PG-13 film is produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.

The film premieres at the Paley Center for Media in New York on January 23 and in Los Angeles on January 28th. 

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 World Premiere & Free Tickets Announced

Press Release

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets bi-coastal premieres of

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2

at The Paley Center for Media in New York, Los Angeles

 

Epic Conclusion to Screen on January 23 in NY & January 28 in LA;

Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screenings;

Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

 

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the epic conclusion to Frank Miller’s comic masterpiece and the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. The film will have its World Premiere in New York on January 23, 2013 and its West Coast Premiere in Los Angeles on January 28, 2013. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

On Wednesday, January 23, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:15 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m.  Following the screening, cast and filmmakers – led by eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano – will take part in a panel discussion of the film. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.

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On Monday, January 28, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m.  A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring cast and filmmakers including executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Bob Goodman and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants will be announced as confirmed.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on September 20 must RSVP via email to DKReturns2NY@gmail.com.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on Sept. 24 must RSVP via email to DKReturns2LA@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails MUST include the following:

·  Name of the entrant

·  A valid email address

·  The name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening

Tickets to both events will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

 

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2:

With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 as The Joker and Superman, respectively, and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 29, 2013.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Coming January 29th

Press Release

 

PRIMETIME STARS MICHAEL EMERSON & MARK VALLEY JOIN VOICE CAST AS JOKER & SUPERMAN IN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSEANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE

 

Batman: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 2

Coming January 29, 2013

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

Epic Animated Conclusion to Frank Miller’s Comic Masterpiece

Comes to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand & For Digital Download

 

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BURBANK, CA (December 17, 2012) – Batman must battle old friends and foes on two fronts in the epic animated conclusion to Frank Miller’s masterpiece in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives January 29, 2013 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*.

With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.

Primetime television stars Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) and Mark Valley (Human Target, Fringe) join the voice cast as The Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy favorite Peter Weller (RoboCop, Dexter) continues as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) from a screenplay by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10), Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Benjamin Melnicker (The Dark Knight Rises) are executive producers.

“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2is epic animated filmmaking at its finest Crafted by an impressive team of filmmakers and voice talent alike it’s the perfect complement to the initial installment,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. “Just when you thought the story couldn’t become any more intense, the Joker and Superman arrive to up the ante – and Michael Emerson’s approach to the Joker is particularly chilling. This is a film no fan can do without.”

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has more than 2 hours of exciting content, including:

·  Standard and high definition versions of the feature film

· UltraViolet™*

· Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie

· Featurette – “The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death” – An all-new featurette.  A fitting tribute to the Joker, giving perspective as to why this engrossing character is the true arch nemesis of Batman.

· Documentary – “Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide” – An all-new documentary. Batman and Superman have a long history of friendship and conflict. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns brought an end to that conflict. This is the story behind that battle.

· Featurette – “From Sketch to Screen” – An all-new featurette.  Director Jay Oliva gives a fascinating animatic breakdown of five of his favorite moments from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

· Look Back – Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

· Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series (“The Last Laugh” and “The Man Who Killed Batman”) and an episode fromThe New Batman Adventures (“Legends of the Dark Knight”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.

· Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller.

*Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2UltraViolet offer is a limited time offer.  Restrictions and limitations apply.  Go to ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.

About DC Entertainment:

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s12)

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. For TV, WBA produces series such as Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice: Invasion, as well as the forthcoming Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces series and additional original content — including animated shorts — for Cartoon Network’s multiplatform branded DC Nation programming block. In addition to TV programming, WBA produces theatrically released CG cartoon shorts featuring iconic Looney Tunes characters, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studio’s rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Gets A January 29th Release Date

Warner Home Video has announced a January 29th, 2012 release date for the animated movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.

The Blu-Ray includes over 2 hours of extra content including all-new featurettes, a sneak peek at the new animated movie Superman: Unbounds, bonus cartoons and a digital comic book.

Head on over here for a review for Part 1.

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NYCC 2012: New Superman, Justice League Flashpoint and LEGO Batman Animated Movies Announced

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Warner Bros. will continue on with its popular straight to video animated movie releases in 2013 and beyond.

Batman, The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 is already slated for a 2013 release, but at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced three more.

The Summer of 2013 will see the new Superman animated movie, Superman: Unbound, based on the Action Comics “Superman: Braniac” story from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

Following that, Justice League: Flashpoint will be released in the Fall of 2013, which is based on the Flashpoint comic book mini-series that preceded the reboot of the DC Comics New 52 Universe.

World’s Finest also notes a new animated Batman movie will be released the Spring of 2013, Lego Batman: DC Heroes Unite, which is based on the popular LEGO Batman video games.

Executive producer Bruce Timm also noted that upcoming movies will see comic book scribe Gran Morrison’s influence as well.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Trailer Now Online

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With footage set to debut at this week’s upcoming New York Comic-Con, we get the first trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.

Head on over to read Lawrence Napoli’s review of Part 1.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will arrive from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in early 2013.

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NYCC 2012: First footage of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 to screen at New York Comic Con

Press Release

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

spotlights first footage of

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

and premiere screening of The Batmobile documentary

at New York Comic Con

 

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 and The Batmobile documentary will be the spotlight offerings from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment at New York Comic Con.

Attendees of the Con will be the first to see footage from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the highly anticipated epic animated conclusion to Frank Miller’s landmark story. On Saturday, October 13 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the IGN Theater at the Jacob Javitz Center, executive producer Bruce Timm, dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano and special guests will discuss the making of the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie and show some tantalizing clips. Also anticipated during the panel is the announcement of the 2013 slate of DCU animated films. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will arrive from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in early 2013.

An autograph session with Timm & Romano will follow the panel at 2:00 p.m. in the DC Entertainment booth.

No vehicle has ever captured fans’ imagination like the Batmobile – and New York Comic Con attendees will be the first to see the entire one-hour documentary, “The Batmobile,” at a special premiere screening on Friday, October 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the IGN Theater.

The film gives a riveting, in-depth examination of the Batmobile – from the impressive history of all of the vehicles to the construction of this iconic character. The documentary features a distinguished array of Batman experts and filmmakers including Adam West; George Barris, designer of the famed 1966 Batmobile; respected producer/author Michael Uslan (“The Boy Who Loved Batman”); Andy Smith, builder of the modern-day Dark Knight “Tumblers”; Tim Burton, Director of Batman (1989) & Batman Returns; Joel Schumacher, Director of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin; Christian Bale; and Christopher Nolan, Director of The Dark Knight Trilogy. “The Batmobile” documentary is directed by Roko Belic and produced by Tara Tremaine for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

NYCC 2012: First footage of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 to screen at New York Comic Con

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Review of Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

Breathing Life into Frank Miller’s Creation

A Review of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

By: Lawrence Napoli 

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3310:]]Batman is my favorite super hero, but that does not mean I bow low at the altar of anything bearing his name.  The original, brooding vigilante by Bob Kane: good.  The campy Adam West TV show: bad.  The first Tim Burton movie adaptation: good.  The Joel Schumacher follow ups: bad.  Knightfall: good.  Batman Inc.: bad.  There are so many iterations of this character for so many stories told in so many ways and in different forms of media that he is DC’s most valued asset and one of the best fictional characters of all time.  But Batman has a very long history and even I cannot admit to being as proficient with all the pertinent tales and adaptations as a hardcore fan would.  Younger fans of the recent video games, “the New 52” and the Chris Nolan Dark Knight trilogy may be drawn to Batman, but without experiencing some of his ground breaking moments from the past, one really can’t appreciate where he’s at or where he’s going.  Frank Miller’s 4 issue comic book limited series The Dark Knight Returns published in 1986 is one of those moments and the DC Universe animated original movie of the same name not only demonstrates an honest representation of Miller’s work, but is a perfect introduction to the past greatness of the Dark Knight for loyal fans and noob’s alike. 

Part 1 of The Dark Knight Returns is, quite literally, the first 50% of the original Frank Miller story.  It establishes a 55 year old Bruce Wayne, 10 years retired from Batman and Gotham City’s decent back into crime during his absence.  You’ll see Bruce’s struggle with accepting what Gotham’s become, you’ll see an almost panel for panel and verbatim recreation of his initial confrontation with Two-Face’s gang, you’ll see Carrie Kelley, you’ll see Batman’s confrontation with the Mutant gang, you’ll see the “Batmobile,” you’ll even see a little blood, but you won’t see any graphic imagery or violence to push this above a PG-13.  Therein lies the slight disappointment of an otherwise ambitious production to give movement and sound to one of Batman’s most important and dramatic tales. 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3311:]]The art style is an authentic homage to Frank Miller and is consistent for most of the film, although I was somewhat concerned when I saw the low-res CG style they used for the vehicles in Bruce’s racecar sequence in the beginning.  Thankfully, this is severely limited and hopefully does not return for Part 2.  At 76 minutes, Part 1 does feel rather brief and the reason for that is the viewer doesn’t get all the brooding, inner monologues between the action sequences.  I felt those moments provided much needed exposition to the reader in regards to Batman’s more savage nature and his personal outlook in this gritty version of Gotham City.  This animated feature compensates by distributing more cut-aways to Carrie Kelley’s perspective, media coverage of Batman’s return and the political debate over Batman’s true value as a menace or a hero.  The debate, however, is easily the weakest link to the social commentary Miller nailed on the page because the film simply does not have the screen time for it.  The reason why it was so important in the comic books was that it set up the eventual confrontation with Superman as more than two icons butting heads, but as a cataclysmic collision of diametrically opposed fundamentals in regards to justice, security and society.  Fans of the books will have no problem filling in these juicy tidbits for themselves, but rookies won’t have much to read into as the film features as much action and Batman in costume as possible as opposed to lofty ideology.

The voice acting was a little hit or miss for me.  Batman is voiced by Peter Weller, but you’ll know him better as Robocop.  No, his performance does not evoke some illusion of the caped crusader as a tin can, but honestly did take some time for me to get used to and eventually accept.  In my humble opinion Kevin Conroy will always be the definitive animated voice of Batman, yet Weller’s rendition is not without merit.  His dulcet tones seem somewhat out of place in this edgier vision of Gotham and he doesn’t display any particular range of emotion even when Batman goes into rage mode against the Mutant leader.  Sure, I felt that Batman was always “in control” on Frank Miller’s pages, but I also felt a lot more emotion like frustration and desperation.  Still, his voice carries a unique signature of unbridled authority and I presume that was director Jar Olivia’s first priority in casting for this character.

David Selby’s rendition of Commissioner Gordon was a miss, Wade Williams’ Harvey Dent was so-so, Gary Anthony Williams’ Mutant leader sounded like Kratos from God of War and Michael Jackson’s (the voice actor, not Thriller) Alfred Pennyworth was acceptable.  The only vocal performance that really hit a home run was Ariel Winter’s Carrie Kelley.  Everything about her voice seems natural to that character’s face and it really shows in the scene where Batman asks who she is.  Although he only has a couple of moans and groans in Part 1, Joker is voiced by Michael Emerson whom you’ll remember as the creeper from Lost and Jim Caviezel’s partner in Person of Interest.  The Blu Ray/DVD combo features a sneak preview of The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 and it shows a very impressive rendition of the Clown Prince of Crime that stands up to the legendary creation of Mark Hamil.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3312:]]If only some of the above seems to interest even the most casual of Bat Fans, the Blu Ray/DVD extras should sell you completely.  I already mentioned the preview of Part 2 which is not only informative, but always really cool seeing the actors perform at the microphone in character.  It also includes two full episodes of the original animated series which introduces Harvey Dent/Two Face; although the episode where kids discuss the urban legend of Batman (which alludes to Frank Miller’s work specifically) probably would have been more appropriate.  There’s also a featurette called Her name is Carrie…Her Role is Robin which discusses some of the plot choices Miller made in his original work such as making this version of Robin a young girl and features commentary by industry professionals like Grant Morrison.  However, the best extra to this whole package must be Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story which documents the historic rise of Batman’s creator from his humble beginnings to the character’s introduction in comics, its various adaptations and how all of the success affected his life.  This documentary is almost as long as the animated feature itself and features lots of interesting firsthand accounts of Bob Kane from the likes of Stan Lee and other friends and family.  The documentary is so good and concise that I feel I’m somewhat selling it short by not giving it a review of its own.

All in all, The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 is a very good buy so long as you are purchasing the Blu Ray/DVD combo.  That is the only version that contains all of the previously mentioned extra features that makes it a value well beyond the difference in price from the regular DVD copy.  There are simply tons of goodies for any fan of Batman and as much as I truly enjoyed the animated feature by itself, that alone is not worth $15 – $20.  Still, the quality of the work has me eagerly anticipating Part 2 because the intensity of the plot escalates ten-fold when Joker breaks out, Superman causes a ruckus and Oliver Queen drops in to say hi. 

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