‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2’ Review

Well, readers, 2013 is here and luckily I have been blessed to see Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 a bit earlier than others. Just as expected the film did not disappoint. The second half was way more exciting than the first and included a slew of familiar faces. Well some not so familiar due to the age, but nonetheless it was spectacular to see them. The second film picks up where the last one left off. Batman has returned to Gotham and the mutant gang has split up into a bunch of smaller gangs. While some gangs still live a life of crime, others have gone into extreme vigilantism. Going as far as to kill their targets in cold blood just to send a message. Although Batman’s return is welcomed by some it is shunned by others, including the new Commissioner Ellen Yindel. Someone who was happy to see the Batman return was the Joker who was awakened from a catatonic state by his actions around Gotham. I have to say I was not particularly happy with the design or the voice of the Joker in this film, but he was just the right amount of crazy to make me tolerate him. I mean the stuff he does is classic Joker, but I won’t spoil that for you. Some other familiar faces we see are Selina Kyle, Clark Kent/Superman, and Oliver Queen. We get an explanation as to what happened to the other members of the Justice League and what Superman has been up to. I really enjoyed seeing Clark and Bruce as “frenemies” in this film. With Clark working for the government as the USA’s next best thing to God, he is tasked with the protection of the country. He was also tasked with making sure that members of the Justice League retired from being superheroes. For those who didn’t comply, we’ll just see what he did to Oliver when you watch the film. The artist did a good job at showing how Clark also ages better than the rest of the heroes. While he is at least 55 like Bruce he doesn’t look a day over 35. I was wowed by this film and its overall method of delivering story and action. I feel that he had good enough length and didn’t seem to drag along. Part of me wishes they had broken the comic into three films just so I could wait for another chapter.  I have to say that this is the best DC Animated film I have seen since Batman: Under the Red Hood. I give Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 an Excellent 9.5/10!

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