You’re reading that headline correctly: this is the trailer for The Dark Knight Returns, rather than The Dark Knight Rises. The film in question is the animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s 1986 Batman graphic novel that changed the direction of the character and inspired Christopher Nolan’s take on the hero.

The first part of Warners’ direct to disc (and digital) adaptation of Miller’s story focuses on the terrible state of Gotham City after Batman’s ten-year absense, and the conflict with a gangland leader that brings the Bat back into the game. Read More »

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Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley helped change the comic book landscape when the first issue of their four-issue Batman reinvention The Dark Knight Returns was released in 1986. Those four issues have influenced film and television as well as comics; Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films are shaped to a great degree by the grim, violent vision of Batman put forth by Miller & Co.

The Dark Knight Returns has never been directly adapted to film or television, however, until now. Warner Bros. animation label DC Comics Premiere Movies is creating a two-part adaptation of the four-issue series. The good part is: Peter Weller (RoboCop) has been hired to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. Read More »

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