PRESS RELEASE: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1

Warner Bros. has issued their official press release for The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. It contains all the information you need concerning the upcoming animated movie!

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By JohnWilbanks - 8/2/2012
BURBANK, CA (August 1, 2012) – Frank Miller’s landmark graphic novel about fear, hope and redemption is celebrated with proper measures of haunting visuals and intense action in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, 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 September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™.

The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have been a fan favorite since debuting in 2007 with Superman Doomsday. Now averaging three releases each year, the DCU animated films are based on classic tales from DC Comics’ revered library or original stories featuring DC’s fabled characters. Stars of feature film and primetime television populate the stellar voice casts of the DCU animated films. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 represents the 15th film in the ongoing series.

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.

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.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 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) and Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom) are the executive producers. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will provide the epic story’s thrilling conclusion with its release in early 2013.



“Frank Miller’s classic re-imagining of Batman has been faithfully recreated under Bruce Timm’s skilled guidance as a masterpiece of storytelling,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “This story has been treated with great reverence, including a tour-de-force performance by science fiction legend Peter Weller as the voice of Batman. We know our fans will not only love this film as a stand-alone, but will clamor for the release of the second half next year.”

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has more than 2 hours of exciting content, including:

  • Standard and high definition versions of the feature film

  • UltraViolet™*

  • Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie

  • Featurette“Her Name is Carrie … Her Role is Robin” – An all-new featurette. Experience the role of Robin, through the eyes of a female warrior.

  • Featurette“Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story” – A documentary comprehensively chronicling the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.

  • Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series handpicked by producer Alan Burnett: Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2

  • Digital Comic – “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” (digital comic with cover art and three full comic pages)


* Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 UltraViolet offer is a limited time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.


About Warner Premiere:

Warner Premiere specializes in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms. Past projects include A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster and Batman: Year One, as well as the digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Aim High. Warner Premiere is at the creative forefront in the made-for-home entertainment marketplace, producing properties that exemplify the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group:

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).

John Wilbanks
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Xandera - 8/2/2012, 6:50 AM
Sweet! Looks Great! Love these DC animated movies!
dezdigi - 8/2/2012, 6:50 AM
This is going to be awesome! I'm excited to see who will voice the other characters. I would have liked Wade Williams to have voiced the Mutant leader!
superotherside - 8/2/2012, 6:51 AM
Can't wait for this film, but why has DC not been doing shorts these days? Not fair.
SupermanP33v3 - 8/2/2012, 6:58 AM
Yeah, why did they stop doing the Animated shorts? I loved how they would do other Characters like The Spectre or Jonah Hexx. There are so many smaller characters that they could do! Bring Back the Animated Shorts!
Sabconth - 8/2/2012, 7:00 AM
Hope they're allowed to make it as violent as they want.
TheBigBoss917 - 8/2/2012, 7:07 AM
Coachella - 8/2/2012, 7:09 AM
I'm so excited for this!!! I could never get enough Batman.
batfan175 - 8/2/2012, 7:10 AM
instead of copy pasting their best stories, how about they give us an original idea for once?
JameJame - 8/2/2012, 7:14 AM
The Bob Kane documentary was already included on the Gotham Knight blu ray. It IS awesome though
thalidomide - 8/2/2012, 7:16 AM
The only Batflick worth watching.
TheJoker52 - 8/2/2012, 7:27 AM
I cant wait a Batman story i will actually like yes. This so should of been the live action movie and not that horrible TDKR flick.
StrangerX - 8/2/2012, 7:31 AM
You guys make it seem like Under The Red Hood was a bad story.
chujong - 8/2/2012, 7:45 AM
This is awesome! I am totally getting this!!

SUPERSHADOWBAT - 8/2/2012, 7:49 AM
This should be another great entry to the DC animated universe. TDKR is one of the best graphic novels ever.
DrainBamage - 8/2/2012, 7:55 AM
I didn't know they were splitting it into two parts. That kind of sucks. Nonetheless, I'm happy this is finally being made.

Now all I need is an animated The Killing Joke and I'm good (pay Hamill whatever the hell he wants, just get him back).
nordberg - 8/2/2012, 8:07 AM
Doesn't sound much like Peter Weller. Not that that's a bad thing...
Dedpool - 8/2/2012, 8:22 AM
Looks spot on!! I can't wait!!
ralfinader - 8/2/2012, 8:32 AM
Can't wait for this one!
GoILL - 8/2/2012, 8:59 AM
Looking forward to this, it would've been nice to get an MSRP.
GLprime2814 - 8/2/2012, 9:00 AM
Best thing about it is that it says
Part1 so we get 2 of these, part 2 will have superman and gay joker, welli hope it does.
WereJoe - 8/2/2012, 9:08 AM
Looks awesome can't wait! And its coming out the same day as Avengers. Sept 25 is going to be a great day!
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/2/2012, 10:03 AM
Ahhhhhhh !!!!!!!!
Stoked
Bruce Timm and the animated team raise the bar with every film they make.
This look pretty freaking sweet to me.
SkateandDestroy88 - 8/2/2012, 10:09 AM
So this comes out same day as Avengers??
Plus I think the third Astonisthing X_Men drops around that time.
Going to look for another job today. Need to be a bigger t.v. (and hire lawyer since being sued by x-wife)
Haters gonna hate. My son gonna be a little hell raiser.

You can't stop it. Skate Nation.

Tiiiiiime is on my siiide yes it is. . .What were we talking about. Little man only 3 but he liks batman and superman allready. He get scared from watching those videos so just bust out Iron Monster for him with Elmo and Grover.
Minghagz - 8/2/2012, 11:03 AM
YES!!! Really excited for this!!!
Minghagz - 8/2/2012, 12:25 PM
@earzmundo, sick avatar bro!
Superheromovies2000 - 8/2/2012, 1:04 PM
Hummmm Avengers Blu-Ray, & Dark Knight Returns Blu-Ray battle it out for our Dollar on Sept 25th!!!
BlindLemonShemp - 8/2/2012, 2:40 PM
Ummm... This didnt answer my one nagging question.. AT ALL... lol

are they just going to end it with The Dark Knight Returns? or will Part 2 include The Dark Knight Strikes Back as well?

Cuz Dark Knight Returns by itself is only a very small and shallow part of the whole story... Strikes Back is infinitely better and really shows Batman being a badass and reuniting his old superhero friends to right the wrongs they they've been neglecting for so long.
AverageJoe - 8/2/2012, 7:49 PM
This is going to be BAT-TASTIC!!! I loved reading this book and the only thing that would make this better is if they would turn this into live-action. But in a lot of ways this is so much better. It looks just like the book and that's half the reason I liked the book, because of the art.
LunarLt - 8/2/2012, 8:34 PM
and then after this comes flashpoint the movie. [frick] yeah'
BlindLemonShemp - 8/3/2012, 4:00 PM
@pux...

um... thanks for helping to answer my question, [fignut] internet dickheads, i swear....

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