‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Trailer Brings Frank Miller’s Classic Batman Tale to Life

Now that the last film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, has finally hit theaters and been seen by everyone, comic book nerds all over the world thought that they would have a chance to cut back on the Batman talk and stop mistakenly referring to the film as The Dark Knight Returns. Why did we keep calling the movie by the wrong name? Because its title was annoyingly close to one of the best-loved Batman stories of all time, Frank Miller’s gritty, 1986 limited series about an elderly Bruce Wayne coming out of retirement, “The Dark Knight Returns.”

There’s good news for fans of Nolan’s look at an older, more beat-up Batman, as the Miller-penned story that somewhat inspired his final go-around with the character is now being put out by DC as an animated feature, and its first trailer looks pretty good. The bad news, of course, is that we’re all set to once again get tongue-tied and misunderstood when trying to keep these two stories straight.

It will probably be worth it to see Miller’s work come to life, though. If this trailer is any indication, they’ve stayed pretty close to the comic legend’s artistic style, and they’ve largely kept his story’s violent and sleazy tone. It should be noted that this film is being referred to as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1, so it won’t be covering the entirety of the original limited series. The battle with the mutant gang and the origin of the new, female Robin seems to all be here, but people looking for the now aged Bat’s (voiced by Peter Weller!) future tussles with the Joker and Superman are probably going to have to wait for part 2.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 becomes available in a Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet combo pack on September 25. Was this trailer enough to get you to plunk down some cash and give it a go? [MTV]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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