Review: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1

Batman is back.









I have more than eagerly awaited The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1. After Rises left a terrible and plot hole filled taste in my mouth it’s nice to get back to the real meat and potatoes of what Batman really stands for.

First lets get the technical stuff out of the way. The animation in TDKR is pretty much comparable to most of the DCU animated films. There are some adjustments like a slight graininess to it that really helps sell the tone. It is extremely dark at many moments but as any real Batman fan knows the dark serves its purpose well. The character designs are basically torn from the pages of the comic they are based on. There is some terrific exaggeration done with many of the characters that really sells the world they are living in. The run time may seem too long for some and too short for others but at the end you are left wanting more either way. Story wise TDKR is one of the most faithful adaptations that DC animated has put out. It is quite obvious the amount of care and respect that went in to this movie.

The voice acting is tremendous and most of the character fit perfectly. I will say it does take a while to get used to Peter Weller’s Batman there is no shortness of grit and attitude but he is far gruffer than any previous incarnation in tone. By the end of the movie it didn’t bother me nearly as much as it did at the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal of the Dark Knight but deep down i still wished Kevin Conroy was voicing Batman. That may just be personal preference talking of course but i know there are many who feel the way i do.

There are few moments that are slow in the film. So much happens in such a small amount of time but it all flows so organically that it doesn’t feel overly long or stunted either. After it’s all said and done The Dark Knight Returns is a tremendous accomplishment for DC animated.

If any of you doubt see this movie all i will say is this. If you hated the Dark Knight Rises this film is for you. If you loved the Dark Knight rises it’s time for you to see Batman done right and this is the film to show it to you. If your just a Batman fan period this film is for you and for all of us.

The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 gets 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t believe me? Then you haven’t seen it yet.