The Dark Knight Returns on Sept. 25

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The new animated version of Frank Miller’s landmark graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is set to be released on September 25. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the new PG-13 rated Warner Home Video release will be available on Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Download. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include UltraViolet.

Peter Weller (RoboCop) leads a stellar voice cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining Weller behind the microphone is David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, three-time DCU veteran Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, is set in a bleak and ominous future. It’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with racecars and liquor – but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new … and old.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights) from a screenplay by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13). Sam Register (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Ben 10) and Bruce Timm (Justice League: Doom) are the executive producers. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 will provide the epic story’s conclusion with its release in early 2013.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-ray Combo Pack will include:

  • Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
  • Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
  • Featurette – “Her Name is Carrie … Her Role is Robin” – An all-new featurette.  Experience the role of Robin, through the eyes of a female warrior.
  • Featurette – “Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story” – A documentary comprehensively chronicling the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.
  • Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series handpicked by producer Alan Burnett: Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2
  • Digital Comic – “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” (digital comic with cover art and three full comic pages)

Here’s the first trailer for the movie:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1