Five Thoughts on The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 Trailer


Tuesday, MTV Geek released the first trailer for the first part of the Direct to DVD adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. While a good trailer, it leaves some questions in this reviewer’s head. However, as not to get ahead of ourselves, the trailer first:


1) Visual Awesomeness

This looks like a very accurate visual representation of Millers Work:

Cover of Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, Issue One Image From The Dark Knight Returns, Part One


2) Distracting Voices

With all apologies to Peter Weller, I’m very disappointed that they did not use Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman in this movie. Conroy played Bruce Wayne at this age throughout Batman Beyond, so we know he could have done it. Not sure what the reasoning is behind this, but I did find it quite distracting.

3) The Wrong “Night”?

If you watch closely, at 1:22 the main title flashes on the screen. See anything odd?

Aren’t ALL nights, by definition, dark?

4) Two-Face? Check. Joker? Check!

With much of the trailer focusing on the “Batman vs the Mutants” storyline, one would wonder how much of the other plot points will be in the movie. Well, with a couple blink and you’ll miss them shots, those wondering will be happy to know both the Joker story, and Two-Face story will be in this. How much focus will be on them is yet to be seen, but with it being split in two parts, one can hope that most of those to arcs will be covered.

Two Face!
And The Joker!

5) “Old Heroes Never Die, They Just Get Darker”?

Really? Batman in this story isn’t darker. In fact, he’s the same as he ever was, and that was sort of the point. Gotham City hasn’t had a hero since Bruce retired, and when he comes back, he is the same Batman. Only older, and more prone to injury. And his costume certainly isn’t darker, it is actually lighter than the source material. He didn’t have the big yellow bat logo during most of the original book, just a big, black (hence darker) Bat-Symbol.

These are just my initial thoughts on the trailer. Disagree? Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below!



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Mark Driscoll

When not ranting about the current state of his favorite comics or working on The Magic Cantina, Mark spends a majority of his time renovating his newly purchased, 120 year old Victorian house. Badly. He is very bad at talking about himself in the third person, as he thinks it make him sound pretentious.

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