A Review of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012), Part 2 (2013)

This is Part 3 in my lead up to Dawn of Justice, catch Part 1 here and Part 2 here!

Check out the Dawn of Justice Review!

“This isn’t a mud hole. It’s an operating table. And I’m the surgeon.” 

This pair of films and the original Frank Miller comics are the inspiration behind Dawn of Justice.

We start Part 1 with an aged Bruce Wayne who hasn’t donned the cloak in near 10 years. Gordon is on the verge of retirement and crime is on its way up. A new gang called the mutants terrorise Gotham and its citizens.

Wayne feels compelled to become the Dark Knight once more. With the aid of a new Robin, Carrie Kelly, he unleashes his violent vigilantism on the streets.

The film is violent with severe wounds and lots of blood, just how a Frank Millar piece should be. There is also some dark humour via the kooky villains. The leader of the villainous group is reminiscent of Humungus (Mad Max: The Road Warrior)

An interesting part of the life of Batman, The Dark Knight Returns is a great introduction, almost like a renewed origin story or soft reboot of the character.

Overall Rating: 7.6/10


“There’s nothing wrong with Joker that I can’t fix. With my hands.” 

A definitive step up and continuation of the Returns storyline, Part 2 begins 3 months after the events of Part 1.

The major additions to the cast are Superman and the Joker. Kal-El is portrayed as an asset to America and the Joker as more of a crazed clown than the crime prince ever has been. There are other DC characters in tow.

The violence is retained, amped up even, just a little more.

There are some stand out moments in the story, memorable scenes that the first film lacked.

Overall Rating: 7.8/10

A Review of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012), Part 2 (2013)

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