Box art for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

action & adventure, anime & animation


The Dark Knight and Robin have reclaimed Gotham City. Witness as the aging Dark Knight wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    N/A
  • Audience Score
    94%

common sense

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

Extremely violent, ambiguous end to animated Batman saga.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is the conclusion to the animated movie based on the legendary 1986 comic book. Like the previous installment, it's extremely violent, with almost constant fighting, blood, guns, shooting, stabbing, and death. Sex is also an issue, as an escort service becomes a minor part of the plot. Some strong language surfaces, such as "son of a bitch," "ass," and "hell." And some minor characters are shown drinking to drown out their pain and misery. This is a very dark, ambiguous story, steeped in 1980s-era values about vigilantism, but it's also ambitious. Literate, intelligent teens may be interested in this fascinating addendum to the Batman mythology.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in this version of Batman? Does it enhance or detract from the central story?
  • 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?
  • Is Batman a good role model here? Is he supporting the idea of vigilante justice? What are the differences between Batman's justice and that of the police and the U.S. government?
  • How does ex-Commissioner James Gordon help his community in this story? How does his vision of good differ from that of Batman?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Amazing story and animation! Great way to end it. Action packed fight sequences and a crazy clash between"Good" and evil

- bradleyeverett, Monday, April 22, 2013

5 stars

Amazing story and animation! Great way to end it. Action packed fight sequences and a crazy clash between"Good" and evil

- bradleyeverett, Monday, April 22, 2013

3 stars

This star rating is generous. Didn't enjoy it as much as the first volume - and same went for the original Miller comic, which, to my memory, this was VERY faithful to minus the narration being gone. Maybe that changes things, but I don't think so. The animation is still among the strongest and coolest in the DC animated cannon, but the logical gaps in Miller's storytelling - which I think Christopher Nolan carried over a bit too much into his Dark Knight trilogy (or to put it another way, he learned about as much as he could from Miller, all the good AND the bad) - are too much to ignore, even when he does some clever things like the satire with Superman (he has a friggin Bald Eagle perch on his arm and fights the Ruskies almost single-handed! Take THAT Dr. Manhattan!) and a couple of cool touches. Where's the *detective* when you need him?

- fb33703014, Saturday, March 2, 2013