Box art for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

action & adventure, anime & animation


It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, he returns in a blaze of glory.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    100%
  • Audience Score
    92%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Violence
4 out of 5
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5

Extremely violent animated addition to the Batman story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is extremely violent. Based on the 1986 Frank Miller graphic novel, this Batman is a reflection of a mid-'80s vigilantism mindset as exemplified by Dirty Harry, Rambo, and so many other "tough guy gets even" movies from that era. Even compared to recent Batman films, this one is more violent, even if it's animated. The story is dark, and the complexities of the characters and the violence make it inappropriate for younger viewers. But for teens and parents ready for a superhero story with ambiguity, this is one worth seeing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Batman. How has the Batman character evolved over the years? What has remained unchanged about his basic story? Out of all the different Batmans played or voiced by different actors, which one is your favorite?
  • What are your thoughts on the violence in this version of Batman? Does it enhance or detract from the central story?
  • In some ways, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 explores the idea of whether people should take the law in their own hands, or whether they should place their faith in the police and the due process of our court system. How does this debate emerge in the story?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A dark and gritty Batman animated film with an older Bruce Wayne as Batman. But he takes less crap than usual and more like Batman if Dirty Harry wore the costume.This is superb, so check it out.

- jim222001us, Saturday, September 15, 2012

3 stars

A dark and gritty Batman animated film with an older Bruce Wayne as Batman. But he takes less crap than usual and more like Batman if Dirty Harry wore the costume.This is superb, so check it out.

- jim222001us, Saturday, September 15, 2012

4 stars

Great adaptation of the graphic novel, with several lines of dialogues and panels being reproduced exactly, its made with the same skill and intelligence of the batman animated series, its dark, unflinching and not afraid to show the ugly side of the world, while i was used to hearing kevin walker be the voice of bruce wayne/batman, peter weller does a damn good job too, i cant praise this enough, its a must see for anyone who loves the dark knight returns graphic novel or just batman in general

- danielsloyan1, Saturday, January 5, 2013