Warner Home Video announces bi-coastal premieres oF BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1 at The Paley Center for Media in New York, Los Angeles.

Highly-Anticipated Premieres slated for September 20 & 24.

Warner Home Video and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal World Premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies, in New York on September 20 and Los Angeles on September 24. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.
On Thursday, September 20, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:00 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, actor David Selby (The Social Network/Dark Shadows), the voice of Commissioner Gordon, and eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano will lead a panel discussion. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.

On Monday, September 24, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 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 actors David Selby (The Social Network/Dark Shadows) and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Bob Goodman and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants, including voice cast members, 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 [email protected]

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on Sept. 24 must RSVP via email to [email protected]

All fan RSVPs email MUST include the name of the entrant, a valid email, and 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.

In the bleak and ominous future of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with racecars and liquor – but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new … and old.

Fanboy demi-god Peter Weller (RoboCop) leads a stellar voice cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining Weller behind the microphone is David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, three-time DCU veteran Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 25, 2012.

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bfprimetime - 8/20/2012, 5:48 AM
Looking forward to this,DC does a great job with its animated movies.
GodzillaKart - 8/20/2012, 6:08 AM
I hope this is great, as it should be given the source material. DC used to be the king of animated CBM...but have recently had some stinkers like All Star Superman.
deathangel - 8/20/2012, 6:32 AM
Dc has good animated movies and Tv Shows. I think the best movie is Batman Under the Red Hood....I also like the Tv show Young Justice so I am looking Forward for Batman
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/20/2012, 7:34 AM
All rite!! same day as avengers. I love all the dc animated movies and buy the DVD's from walmart when they come out at midnite.

ScarletJack - 8/20/2012, 9:07 AM
@ weneedrevelation. Batman is in his mid 50's I beleive in the DKR..SO I guess Gordon could still be around.
thalidomide - 8/20/2012, 9:31 AM
I can't wait to see this.
EtriganTheDemon - 8/20/2012, 9:51 AM
Can't wait for this, I loved the DCaU's take on 'Year One' and the fact that this one is coming out sooner than I anticipated is just icing on the cake. But I'm not impressed by the animation, too clean to fit Miller's style.

I have to disagree about what people above me are saying about All-Star Superman... It was phenomenal, Dwayne MacDuffy did an outstanding job of adapting Morrisons masterpiece. (Queue SteveRogersSon's angry response)

Same with Superman vs. The Elite, it was good. Not great, but doesn't deserved to be called "crap" imo. They touched on something pretty sensitive to Superman fans and the ending was beyond satisfactory.

In short; TDKR looks great, but animation could be a problem. All-Star Superman deserves no hate, and same with Superman vs. The Elite, because they were both worthy adaptations of the source material.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 8/20/2012, 10:31 AM
I would love to see if Bruce Timm could do a big budget live action Batman movie! He knows the source material better then anyone in Hollywood.
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/20/2012, 10:42 AM
@hope420 a lot of fans feel that way about Bruce T.
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/20/2012, 10:49 AM
@ Etrigan. I never read any of the source material for the works but I thought All Star Superman was fantastic. Superman vs the Elite really raised the bar in certain ways.

They had the balls to say a lot in that movie about Truth Justice and The American way. Superman "You can't murder people and call yourselves hero's". Black "why not your government does it all the time"

. . Capitalist American way and in the end your left wondering if your bowells will release. . Things will go on like you never exsisted.

Dreams save us. My dream of a world where . . .Are a reality for everyone.

IgnurRant - 8/20/2012, 11:20 AM
Looking forward to this but i hope DC Animation moves back into original Animations. They have the potential.

Mask of the Phantasm is still my favorite animated movie.
TheGodOfMischief - 8/20/2012, 11:59 AM
Under the red hood is the balls! It's going to be hard to top that one IMO...
Supes17 - 8/20/2012, 12:22 PM
Red Hood is my favorite one so far!
FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 8/20/2012, 12:24 PM
Yeah Red hood has been my favorite as well. It's just a really great film, and I love the animation.
GUNGRAVE1 - 8/20/2012, 1:32 PM
I would like the art to be better but I'll check it outhope it's good.
AnotherSinisterClone - 8/20/2012, 2:02 PM
thanks for posting this, i got to see the premiere of Justice League Doom and everyone was so nice N friendly. I wish peter weller would be there.
KnobGoblin - 8/20/2012, 4:01 PM
So, is WB still going to continue making animated movies? I thought they said they were ending their DTV division?
BatSlam - 8/20/2012, 6:46 PM
red hood has been the best one, after that is probably superman batman: Apokolipse. and then superman batman public enemy, but dont forget about the green lanterns, those where good to, especially first flight. I think this may top them all though, especially the fact that it is a 2 parter.
darklydreamingdexter - 8/20/2012, 8:11 PM
sounds like fun on a bun

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