‘Batman fanatic’? That would suggest that if a product contains Batman, I’m a fan. Far from it, in fact. I’m more like… um… a ‘Batmanologist’.
Too long had he tried to restrain himself within the shackles of apathy and alcohol. Too long had the people been without their hero. After a ten-year exile, Batman finally burst through the smog and filth, defeating the gang that ruled Gotham, and humiliating their leader. Now that the city is reclaimed, all that stands in his way are his deadliest enemy and his most powerful ally.
Today, the culmination of the dreams of countless Batman fans comes to fruition with the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 on DVD, BluRay and digital download. The first of two instalments impressed fans last fall (see review here), leaving most excited about the emotional and action-packed conclusion. This direct to video animated feature is based on the highly acclaimed and much beloved limited series turned graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns (1986), by writer/penciler Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, Batman: Year One), inker Klaus Janson, and painter Lynn Varley.
Ten years after the last sighting of the famous crime-fighter/vigilante known as The Batman, the rise of a violent gang forces his return to Gotham City. TDKR Part 2 follows the media’s heated debate, the return of a rejuvenated Joker, and the inevitable confrontation with Superman, who now quietly acts on behalf of the United States government. The story is filled with Batman staples, like Robin, Alfred, Gordon, colourful villains, the cave, the car, cool equipment, cool fights, and a cool climax.
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If you can’t get enough Batman, here is an exclusive trailer for the upcoming DC animated features The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1, based on the genre-defining Frank Miller graphic novel. If you’re not a Bat-expert, this series had an influence on both Tim Burton’s 1989 film, along with the Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think – personally, I wish the animation was a little more stylish, but I’ll refrain any more judgement until I see the film when it’s released this September.
There are few people I know who love Batman more than my old friend and original Biff Bam Pop writer Jason “Oh Three” Lapidus. In anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises’ release this Friday, today Jason returns to BBP with his advice on how you can get ready for Batman and his return to the big screen!
1. Read The Vengeance of Bane pt. 1, by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (no relation to director Christopher Nolan), published by DC Comics in 1993. This single issue chronicles the character’s origin and places Bane as the protagonist. You will be rooting for him when you’ve finished reading. You can find it as a single issue or in a collected volume.
Find out what else you can do after the jump!
A new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has hit, one that gives an even greater look at what Bane (Tom Hardy) has up his sleeve. There’s interesting talk that that the film is combining elements of both Knightfall and The Dark Knight Returns – you can see a few hints of the latter in here, if you look close. Check the trailer our after the jump and let us know if you’re excited for The Dark Knight Rises?