While The Dark Knight Rises finishes up its run in theaters after box office success (following a tragic opening weekend), Batman fans are eagerly awaiting the next film in the franchise. However, the proximate filmic outing for the caped crusader won’t be taking place in theaters, and it won’t feature Christian Bale.
Warner Brother’s successful DC Universe Animated Original Movie branch will, on September 25th, put out the first half of a two-part direct-to-DVD animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns. The film, officially entitled Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, will feature the vocal talent of Peter Weller (Robocop, and, more importantly, The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eight Dimension) as an aged Bruce Wayne/Batman and Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as a new, female Robin, named Carrie Kelly.
Though the trailer for the new animated film has been floating around the internet for about a month now, just yesterday Warner Brothers released the first clip from the film, featuring an iconic scene from the comic book series (one which Christopher Nolan has also adapted). If this short piece is any indication, the film looks to be a faithful, if lengthy (two parts? really?) adaptation of the Batman story which comics fans have been waiting decades to see acted out. For those of you who found the Nolan Batman films too light-hearted, this animated movie may be the Dark Knight for you.