The home video cover art for DC's next direct to video animated feature, The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 has landed online. Hit the jump to check out the stunning art!

Thanks to StarkIndustries.ru, we have the DVD cover art for DC Animation's next home video feature, The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1, the first part in the animated re-telling of Frank Miller's famous graphic novel. Check out the art down below.

The Dark Knight Returns is set in a near future where Batman is retired and Gotham City has slid into a dystopian state ruled by a gang of hooligans called The Mutants. The 55-year old Bruce Wayne is forced to don the cape once more, this time partnering with a female Robin to not only stop the Joker but keep the peace when the city falls into chaos after being hit by an electromagnetic pulse.

The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Download October 23rd.

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grifter - 7/11/2012, 6:41 AM
That doesn't even represent that Batman that is in the movie.
Spidex3000 - 7/11/2012, 6:47 AM
Not at all, it's cool cover art, but I would have liked to see them do maybe a realistic variation on the usual half face cover or the cover with the hand forward would have been dope too.
Greengo - 7/11/2012, 6:47 AM
I thought it was set in the 80's. Anywho.... glad if it is just a part one it's a good sign it'll be long enough to encompass the entire novel.
Spidex3000 - 7/11/2012, 6:50 AM
I think they're probably going to go more for a dystopian future instead of specifically the 80's
DukeAcureds - 7/11/2012, 6:59 AM
Actually I think it's set in the '90s, 'cause DK2 is only a few years later and they're talking about the millenium, in that. But it's a very '80s future '90s.
Anyway, I really [frick]ing love this cover. Okay, so Batman doesn't look 55, but he could be and who cares? It's sooo good. So [frick]ing perfect.
I notice that this is a DC Universe Animated Original Movie, whereas Superman Vs. The Elite was a DC Comics Premiere Movie. Wonder what's going on there.
antonio - 7/11/2012, 7:11 AM
It's very cool, but like @Grifter said it doesn't represent the Batman that is in the movie at all.
Coachella - 7/11/2012, 7:12 AM
Frick yes!
lapress - 7/11/2012, 7:15 AM
DC should get Frank Miller to draw the cover
longbowhunter - 7/11/2012, 7:17 AM
Eh, nothing special. I'm still pumped to see this though!
CPBuff22 - 7/11/2012, 7:19 AM
This should be cool. Much more true to the comic than the movie was and that is a very good thing.
Tainted87 - 7/11/2012, 7:20 AM
I think they're worried newbies would be turned off by a more accurate depiction of what is inside, hah, wait till they open it up.
AsianVersionOfET - 7/11/2012, 7:32 AM
It's too clean!
chujong - 7/11/2012, 7:32 AM
I agreed. This Batman doesn't represent the one in the movie. They should have used the silhouette with lightning as seen in the banner of this thread.
Greengo - 7/11/2012, 7:37 AM
Ronald Reagan was the President. Or at least the prez was based off of RR....
Dedpool - 7/11/2012, 7:41 AM
October can't get here fast enough!!!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/11/2012, 7:42 AM
Looks awesome!!!
GoILL - 7/11/2012, 7:44 AM
@CPBuff22 This is truer to the comic than what movie?
MrChuff - 7/11/2012, 7:45 AM
Fvck this part one/part two shit.
If this doesn't come out at some point as one huge animated movie on blu then I'll stick to sourcing both parts in a manner Warner Bros would frown upon.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/11/2012, 8:08 AM
Apparently he saw the dark knight rises.
Name - 7/11/2012, 8:15 AM
Pretty average for what its based on, rubbish even.
GoILL - 7/11/2012, 8:18 AM
I figured he was referring to Rises, shouldn't an animated movie that is adapting the comic be more accurate than a feature film that is not directly based off the source material?
marvel72 - 7/11/2012, 8:22 AM
nice cover for one of,if not the best batman story ever!
BackwardGalaxy - 7/11/2012, 8:27 AM
I don't understand how that cover at all represents what will be in the movie.
render - 7/11/2012, 9:41 AM
The cover looks grate!
GLprime2814 - 7/11/2012, 10:56 AM
A 2 parter that's awesome.
SHHH - 7/11/2012, 11:18 AM
How Long U Gotta Wait For Part 2?
MrE - 7/11/2012, 11:22 AM
The art is most certainly stunning. I'm stunned they would pick that image when there were so many iconic choices from..you know...the actual work. This is poor.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/11/2012, 11:30 AM
LOL yea. Doesn't really make sense.
bcom77 - 7/11/2012, 2:06 PM
Hmmm. I think it would've been cool if they used some original artwork from the graphic novel. It doesn't even look like Batman from TDKR. Surely the iconic shot of him leaping in front of the lightning should of been used? Perhaps they're saving that one for the 2 disc box set that will no doubt be released after part 2 is out.
Rowsdower - 7/11/2012, 2:09 PM
The art is good, but it's in no way evocative of what makes TDKR different than other Batman stories. This just looks like regular ass Batman from modern comics continuity.

Shouldn't it be him leaping in the lightning? Isn't that image like... iconic?

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