While I do like Batman, I have never been a die hard fan like many people are. Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy was a huge step in the right direction, creating three very different, yet all fantastic pictures (arguably). This cartoon-styled animated film taken right off the pages of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel, this two part film will do this character justice for fans, unlike anything created on-screen for Batman that I have had the pleasure of seeing. While certain aspects are questionable in the first half, here is my overall review of both parts.
Beginning with an old and grizzled Batman who has retired, new threats begin to arise, needing the caped crusader to awaken once again to fight the battles nobody else can. With a very slow burn to start, this first half really focusses the viewers in on the trauma that his character has faced in the past. I really enjoyed the build up to his past coming back to haunt him. It is revealed that villains of the past are still around, and when Batman strikes back into action, they are ready to give themselves purpose once again. Very well written, well executed, and helming some terrific animation, this is a very well-told story. My biggest complaint is that is drags a little too much for my taste. 7.5/10
With much bigger reveals and a faster pace, "The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2" is leaps and bounds better than the first part, which itself was a very good film. The Justice League has existed in the past, the Joker is on the rise for one last fight, and older Superman is there as a watchful protector, and will do anything to help, even if that something is taking on the Batman. This film explores the dark character he has become even more and the action is much more fearsome. I was hooked into every second of this finale. This is a two part event that I truly think is unmissable, even for casual fans. 10/10
Review By: KJ Proulx