‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2′ Clips & Images: War for Gotham

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Many fans were impressed with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1; they (and we) felt that DC Universe managed to adapt Frank Miller’s game-changing Batman tale into a properly dark and gritty animated feature, which honored the source material in all the right ways.

Needless to say, anticipation is high for the epic finale that’s coming with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 - and today we have some clips and images from the film to help whet your appetite for its imminent release on DVD/Blu-ray.

Below you’ll find clips from the film, which detail Robin/Carrie Kelly taking on a nasty female goon named Bruno; new police commissioner Ellen Yindel’s battle against Batman; ; Batman turning a scattered gang of vigilantes into an army; and finally The Joker (voice of Lost star Michael Emerson) has an… interesting soundbite to share on a local Gotham talk show:

Did you recognize the voice of talk-show host Conan O’Brien in that Joker clip? Pretty sweet.

For those who don’t know (meaning .01% of the people probably reading this): The Dark Knight Returns examines a future in which an aging Bruce Wayne (Peter Weller) comes out of forced retirement as Batman to reclaim a Gotham city that is slipping into the grasp of darkness and mayhem. Though noble in intention, Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 shows how Batman’s return catalyzes a string of chaotic events that even the Dark Knight himself has a hard time handling – including the re-awakening of his catatonic nemesis The Joker (Michael Emerson), and a showdown with his best frienemy, Superman (Mark Valley).  

If you can’t tell from that description above, this is the half of the story that brings the bulk of the action and drama to the screen. The clips presented here certainly hint that DC Universe will offer fans plenty of both – while the images below showcase how director Jay Oliva (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) and his team have successfully emulated the unique style of Miller’s iconic artwork:

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The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will hit DVD/Blu-ray and Digital Download on January 29, 2013. Be sure to check back then for our official review.

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  1. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed after seeing this. It was alright, but not the kind of Batman I’ve known/liked from the other DC animated features (e.g. Red Hood).

    There’s also that machine gun touting woman that goes around topless with swastikas painted on her boobs. Who does that?

    The interaction between him and Superman was cool though, and the ending was interesting (and also a bit familiar).

    • Have you read it. All of what you mentioned is Miller’s style. And on the book.

      I just watched it last night and loved it. Weller is great. Emerson at first doesn’t seem to fit until he goes full joker on the edochrine show. And I knew right away conan was voicing Dave.

      It was a great adaptation from the art style to the uttering of classic lines. It’s sad that warner premier is gone though. I hope this doesn’t mean the end of more quality animated films from the dc library.

  2. I LOVE THE BOOK SO MUCH, and I’ve read it ike 10 times. I was blown away with the first one and this one will hopefully be as good too.

  3. Watched it 3 weeks ago (YIFY’s torrent). Liked it quite much, 2nd on my list after Red Hood.

  4. Some aspects of the cartoon are actually done better then the book. It was a great flick, very well done. Jay Olivia did it the right way. If only the Nolan films could have been done like this. This is a Batman flick worth watching several times.

  5. Picking this up tomorrow, I enjoyed pt 1 and I’m looking forward to watching pt 2. I hope there’s an exclusive figure included like part 1, hopefully it’ll be the joker.

  6. Batman is over exposed now, give other characters some shine & i enjoyed the 1st one

    • Like the guy named after the worst character in comics who also stole the show in maybe the worst superhero movie ever made, I agree. And coming from a guy who has never seen this movie, I should know that this movie is bad. ;)

      I would much rather see a movie about the mutant eye-scream, a mutant who can change his body into ANY FLAVOR of ice cream!!!

      Give eye scream a chance. Thats all we are asking for.

  7. I didn’t like the look of the promo materials -too bright, too actiony, not realistic enough- but it was great, with inspirational moments, and far better than the first half. Emerson was a scary Joker. Maybe a little narm and they reused some crowd shots when Superman stops the subway but this one shouldn’t disappear among the piles of animated releases, it’s a great film. I’ll be picking up a hardcopy.

  8. I didn’t realize this comes out tomorrow. Had it about a week already. I think one of my favorite parts of this story is that it gives us the Joker without toning him down. I just hope no one decides to make The Dark Knight Strikes Again(I think that’s what the sequel was called). That story was terrible.

  9. I know I liked it.

  10. The Joker looks way off.

  11. “In time, I will teach it to you!” Dude, I couldn’t even imagine a army of Batmen. That’d be so sick lol

    • You would think. Unfortunately Miller made Dark Knight Strikes Again, which was a lot of style and action over story. He also had Bruce be a complete dick to Dick Grayson which felt out of place and a little awkward. Apparently Miller did a kind of a prequel with Grayson’s beginning days as Robin, and had Batman act like an abusive father. Again, just kinda weird and awkward. In the end, DKSA wasn’t terrible, but it certainly doesn’t live up to DKR.

      • And can’t remember if it came before or after DKSA, but Batman Beyond did a much better job of

        ****SPOILERS****

        having a robin turned Joker IMO

  12. part 2 sucked so far compared to part 1, there where so many logical, continuity, script and narrative flaws that you would have to be both blind and deaf not to see/hear them.

    part 2 is garbage when put next to part 1… even the fight scenes where lacklustre compared to part 1.

  13. I do believe Part 1 had a bigger impact in me that Part 2, specially because they turned it into a Justice League movie with the whole Superman-Green Arrow arc leaving the main reason why I was waiting this film at a second and rushed plane. The whole Joker/Batman relationship is way more complex to be left in a simple finale like they did. Anyways, still this is way better than TDKR, even when Catwoman was not in it…

    • anything is better than nolan’s batman movies :P

      • lol…I do think he hit the jackpot with Legder as the Joker…before and after that I’d go with Burton (nostalgia gets the best of me I guess)

  14. I thought part 1 was pretty cool. Part 2 was….awful.

  15. Production value and quality of story telling was much lower than part 1. WB and the Korean animation companies must’ve put the B and C teams on this.

  16. I wonder how long you will have to wait before both parts are combined into one volume?

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