The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Coming January 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

batman-the-dark-knight-returns-part-two-blu-ray-cover-20Batman will have to battle friend and foes alike in the animated conclusion to Frank Miller’s masterpiece in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. This next release from from the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movies will sport a PG-13 rating and will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD, or as a combo-pack.

Straight from the press release: ” With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime, Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity, and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while maintaining the peace in Gotham City.”

TV stars Michael Emerson and Mark Valley lend their voices to the Joker and Superman, respectively. Conan O’Brien gives his voice to the talk show host David Endochrine and fan favorite Peter Weller continues as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Joining them are David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is Maria Canals-Barrrera as new Commissioner Yindel, Paget Brewster as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.

The film is directed by Jay Oliva from a screenplay by Bob Goodman. Sam Register, Bruce Timm, Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melnicker are executive producers.

“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is epic animated filmmaking at its finest Crafted by an impressive team of filmmakers and voice talent alike it’s the perfect complement to the initial installment,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. “Just when you thought the story couldn’t become any more intense, the Joker and Superman arrive to up the ante – and Michael Emerson’s approach to the Joker is particularly chilling. This is a film no fan can do without.”

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has more than 2 hours of exciting content, including:
•       Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
•       UltraViolet™*
•       Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
•       Featurette – “The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death” – An all-new featurette.  A fitting tribute to the Joker, giving perspective as to why this engrossing character is the true arch nemesis of Batman.
•       Documentary – “Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide” – An all-new documentary. Batman and Superman have a long history of friendship and conflict. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns brought an end to that conflict. This is the story behind that battle.
•       Featurette – “From Sketch to Screen” – An all-new featurette. Director Jay Oliva gives a fascinating animatic breakdown of five of his favorite moments from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
•       Look Back – Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
•       Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series (“The Last Laugh” and “The Man Who Killed Batman”) and an episode from The New Batman Adventures (“Legends of the Dark Knight”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
•       Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller.

Any fan of Batman, animated movies, or the previous film will do well to pick this up and give it a watch. Watch for it on January 29th!

Source: Warner Bros.

Reporter: Leo Johnson

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