If you’ve never read the Frank Miller comics from the ’80s that the two-part “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” animated movies are based on, you probably have no idea that this trailer gives away a LOT of the good stuff. Really, come on, guys, you’re throwing in the Superman-Batman fight already? Sheesh. But hey, I guess that’s what they think will sell. The Joker, by comparison, barely shows up in the trailer at all, and he has an even bigger role than Supes does in the story. In any case, check out the first trailer for “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2”. By the way, did Peter Weller (voicing Batman) sounded super weak at the beginning of the trailer or was it just me? When Batman shouts “I am the law!”, I just didn’t buy it…
Picking up where “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1” left off, Batman has fully returned from his 10-year retirement with a new sidekick/Robin, but his return has also brought out some old foes, like the Joker. Meanwhile, the Gotham City authorities have launched a crusade to stop the Caped Crusader, and a former friend with a big “S” on his chest is being pressured by the Government to put an end to Batman’s vigilante activities. It all leads to an epic showdown that had comic book readers talking for decades to come.
Peter Weller provides the voice of Batman, Michael Emerson does the honor for Joker, and Mark Valley is Clark Kent, aka Superman.
No word on a premiere date for the DVD/Blu-ray, but it’s coming in 2013, and will have a pretty big presence at the New York Comic Con, which is highly appropriate.