Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Scheduled for Animated Cinematic Glory

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Over at Comic Con, fans got to see the full “Batman: Year One” animated movie, the latest in D.C./Warner Bros.’ line of original animated movies based on D.C.’s two powerhouse characters, Batman and Superman. So what can we expect further along the line? According to executive producer Bruce Timm (via IGN), you can expect lots and lots more Batman. And, of course, Superman.

Besides the already announced “Justice League: Doom”, after that will be the Superman story “Superman vs. The Elite”, and finally … Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”!

Timm says “Returns” will be a two-parter, and promises that it will be “very faithful” to Miller’s limited series comic book from the ’80s. For those who have never taken “The Dark Knight Returns” for a spin, the comic posited a future Gotham where Batman has retired, Superman is now a tool of the U.S. military, and crime continues to run rampant in the streets of Gotham. This, of course, forces an aging Bruce Wayne to come out of retirement to kick some ass. And oh yeah, he also gets a new Robin.

When asked about other potential D.C. animated movies, Timm confirms that adapting Alan Moore’s Batman/Batwoman Batgirl story “The Killing Joke” has “been discussed”, but that Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s “Kingdom Come” seems to be out of the realm of possibility. Or as Timm puts it:

[Kingdom Come is] just not made for 2D animation. It’s not a good fit.

Hunh, really? Not entirely sure what he means by “not made” for 2D animation. It’s a comic book, like all the other comic books. What’s so hard about “Kingdom Come”?

Anyways, the thing to take from this is that we’re finally going to get “The Dark Knight Returns”! (Albeit as an animated movie…)

Author: Nix

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  • Eagle Eye

    It just won’t work, The Dark Knight Returns is to hardcore to be an animation, especially if they want to stay Faithful!!!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      These movies are all PG-13. And if they’re making TDKR a 2 parter then its perfect because they aren’t trying to cut much if anything. That’s awesome. If you saw “Batman: Under The Red Hood” then you’d know TDKR isn’t impossible if the length is longer than the standard hour and 15 minutges.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully it can be done. And hopefully they will come out with a double pack of the two movies. After seeing Red Hood movie I think they could go PG-13 since the DKR wasn’t all that graphic. Also the killing Joke (if done faithfully) should be awesome.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    @Nix “Killing Joke” had Barbara Gordon Batgirl in it not Batwoman and its what turned her into Oracle getting shot and paralyzed by the Joker. As for “Kingdom Come” it wouldn’t work because its not just like any other comic. Its fully painted by Alex Ross and like him or hate him his stuff looks real and that’s what swould be hard to translate. I say go all out on a big cgi budget like “Final Fantasy: Advent Children” or “Beowulf” as for the rest of their line up, its upsetting that other than “Justice League: Doom” based on the “Tower of Babel” story in “JLA” durring Mark Waids run (great story) but the stories they’ve chosen are pretty damned cool. TDKR is a classic and “Superman vs The Elite” was actually just amazing. Its not something you’re used to seeing in a Superman story. Hopefully after that we’ll get a Flash flick and maybe a Sinestro Corps War flick. And bring back the Showcase shorts. We’re getting a Catwoman one but I want more.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    @Nix “Killing Joke” had Barbara Gordon Batgirl in it not Batwoman and its what turned her into Oracle getting shot and paralyzed by the Joker. As for “Kingdom Come” it wouldn’t work because its not just like any other comic. Its fully painted by Alex Ross and like him or hate him his stuff looks real and that’s what swould be hard to translate. I say go all out on a big cgi budget like “Final Fantasy: Advent Children” or “Beowulf” as for the rest of their line up, its upsetting that other than “Justice League: Doom” based on the “Tower of Babel” story in “JLA” durring Mark Waids run (great story) but the stories they’ve chosen are pretty damned cool. TDKR is a classic and “Superman vs The Elite” was actually just amazing. Its not something you’re used to seeing in a Superman story. Hopefully after that we’ll get a Flash flick and maybe a Sinestro Corps War flick. And bring back the Showcase shorts. We’re getting a Catwoman one but I want more.

  • Online72

    Didn’t care for Miller’s story back in the 80s. I can pass on the DVD now. And, as long as we are throwing out ideas of future stories, I would love to see a classic telling of the JSA.

  • Online72

    Didn’t care for Miller’s story back in the 80s. I can pass on the DVD now. And, as long as we are throwing out ideas of future stories, I would love to see a classic telling of the JSA.

  • Russ Mccoy

    I would like to see an animated Capt. Carrot series. We’ve had Teen Titans where it originated right along with an alternate universe for justice league movie and video game. What about a Blue Devil origin movie?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I think A Blue Devil short would work. The B-list and more obscure characters should get shorts first if anything.