Suffice to say, many fans who watched Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 are eagerly awaiting the second half. DC Universe did a pretty inspired job adapting Frank Miller’s seminal Batman story into an animated feature (read our review), and the trailers for Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 make it seem like that best may still be yet to come.

Up until to now it has only been known that the second part of the film would release in 2013 – the good news, we can now report, is that winter just got a little bit warmer:  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will actually be arriving very early in 2013.

The official release date for Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is January 29, 2013, and I think most fans would agree that it’s a welcome move by DCU; though it’s curious to see that the studio isn’t shooting for the pre-Christmas season. As with recent DCU feature releases, there will be a Combo Blu-ray/DVD,  DVD (and probably single disc Blu-ray) to choose from.

The Dark Knight Returns is a famous Batman story written by Sin City creator Frank Miller, which imagines a Gotham City of the future, in which  fifty-five-year-old Bruce Wayne has retired from Batman duty and lives in a city slowly slipping into the hellish grip of the infamous mutant gang. After a seemingly-cured Harvey Dent is suspected of returning to his criminal ways as Two-Face, Bruce finally breaks and returns to the streets as Batman – setting off a chain of events that will force the Dark Knight to battle both his most dangerous foe, and his most powerful ally.

Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 ran through the first two volumes of the four-volume tale Miller wrote, covering Batman’s return to duty, his apprehension of Two-Face and showdown with the mutant gang and their leader, with the aid of new Robin, Carrie Kelley. The final half will cover Batman’s showdown with his greatest foe, The Joker and his greatest (former) ally, Superman. Voicing The Joker will be Lost and Person of Interest star Michael Emerson, making his debut as the character. Superman will be voiced by Human Target star Mark Valley, also making his debut.

The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will be available on DVD/Blu-ray January 29, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.