Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2i s the follow-up and conclusion to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1.Based on Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” arc from 1986, this movie is the conclusion to what you watched in the first movie.
We start where Joker has been ‘cured’ and is live on a Late Night TV show where is massacre all the audience. Gordon’s replacement, Yindel, places an arrest warrent on the Batman and Superman returns to Gotham.
Police consider him an outlaw, psychiatrists define him “a sociopath” who creates his own enemies and the people largely label him “a fascist”. With this base as a start, This movie, just like the last two chapters of the book, up the ante in just about every way possible. In Part 1, the action was about as brutal as Western animation has ever seen, with the rib-breaking, nose shattering, mud-hole operating fights setting a new bar for brutality. Part 2 takes on the challenge, and makes for some of the most memorable fights Batman’s ever been animated in. In fact, if there are some among you who aren’t familiar with this half of the story, and plan on watching this with young ‘uns, I’d have to recommend screening it for yourself first.
The voice cast is average. One not so minor problem is that Peter Weller is the absolute worst voice actor for Bruce Wayne/Batman and Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) is the absolute worst voice actor for The Joker that I’ve ever heard.
The animation is top notch and sharp. The action sequences are beautifully filmed and give pure justice to source material.
Major drawback is that this film suffers from terrible pacing and structural issues. The music isn’t as amazing or memorable as it was in the first film and due to this it turned underwhelming.
For me inner monologues are fine in comics( sometimes they are a little too much ) but a lot more of a challenge to do and do well in film( it can be done just a lot of times they aren’t ).
Final Rating: 3.5/5