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The Mutant Leader Stars In A New Clip From BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS!!

I am – Hercules!!

Why does the Mutant Leader remind me of the movies’ latest Bane?

That's Gary Anthony WIlliams, who also does the voice of Uncle Ruckus on "The Boondocks," as Mutant Leader.

The PG-13 adaptation of Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel hits shelves Sept. 25.

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  • Sept. 6, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah!!!

    by DirtyWookie

    Boom!

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    am I the only one thinking "2 parts? for animation? ehh... really?"

    by TheSeeker7

    Seriously, was it really necessarily to break this story up into completely different BD releases, I mean I hate to use the "just animation" route, since I'm surely likely lots of animation is telling far better stories than feature films when it comes to comic books, but this seems a little odd.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Anyone see those 'Bat man of Shanghai' shorts?

    by biscuithead

    That's how I pictured an animated Dark Knight Returns. Sketchy, kinetic, bone-crunching badassery...

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Of Course two parts, there is alot of story.

    by NathanGrey

    Read the graphic novel, Nolan sure did.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    This is kind of on the edge of being a travesty.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I didn't really ever get a generic Saturday Morning cartoon vibe while reading The Dark Knight Returns.

  • That is also, EXACTLY, how I thought an animated version of this story should have gone. Thanks for the recommend.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Any info how long before part 2 will be released?

    by Cedric Ford

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight diluted

    by Bent

    As a fan of this graphic novel by Frank Miller, I am saddened by this release. A direct to video adaptation with inferior production value visually. Top this off with no mention above of who originally scribed and illustrated this masterpiece of comic book lore. Frank Miller. I understand that Batman does not belong to Frank Miller, but "The Dark Knight Returns" certainly does. I will be penitent upon watching this, because yes I still am a fan and grasping at the scraps that are fed to us, knowing this could have been so much more. DC and Warner brothers, Frank and the rest of us deserve so much more. http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Knight-Diluted/forum/FxAX6G9T1JCHYY/Tx3HP4ZBP0SEJ5T/1/ref=cm_cd_dp_tp_t?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B008RV5K5E

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    It's impressive how...

    by newc0253

    ... they took a scene from the graphic novel that was filled with threat and menace on the page and managed to reduce it to something that sounds like an audition for head villain on an episode of Scooby Doo.<p> bravo. kudos.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Had high hopes / @biscuithead

    by D_T

    ...that clip kind of bums me out a little, plus the PG13, they should at least have made an unrated version too. Some of the other clips released look better, I love they're using the dialog pretty much directly. When I first read about this, I was hoping for something a little more stylized (see below :) ) I may still pick this up based on the other clips and I'd like to see how everything is done (especially the Superman sections). @ biscuithead Wow, the Shanghai stuff is pretty fucking neat. I'm very iffy on most anime (I dig on movies like Wicked City), especially some of the goofy stuff that seems to appear in all the original TV productions, but _that_ is pretty badass. I think the style works perfect with Batman (at least their sort of semi-supernatural take). Is that available as a movie/set/DVD? I'll have to do some research.

  • Hercules is a funny dude or was he being serious (I sometimes can't tell with him)?

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Don't call us a gang, don't call us criminals

    by jim

    and above all, don't call us late for dinner.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JMli3MopNs

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    That's an awesome cover

    by heyoucantlaughatthat

  • The Mutant Leader is a Scooby-Doo villain... You know it to be true...

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I'VE SEEN THIS ALREADY

    by 1919

    Its not bad ...some dialogue is changed like in the YEARONE adaptation but its pretty faithful except for cutting some of the smaller vignettes taking place within the story.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Hmm

    by donkey_lasher

    The trailer looks like it's faithful, but I bet they completely pass on Batmans certain character traits. Remember, when the comic book was released it was pretty radical, and alluded to a much darker side of Batman. I bet this film doesn't have a single bone breaking sound either.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    We WILL get a live action version . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . you know it to be true.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Hmm

    by 1919

    It actually does ...its violent. Notice that its not Frank Millers Dark Knight Returns..as the same with YEAR ONE. I was annoyed by small changes in dialogue ..the one thing it looses is the great internal dialogue again as with YEAR ONE. It excludes many of the vignettes in the book like the guy who shoots up the porn theater etc.... its not bad but i wanted it to mirror Millers Art work a bit more...the Two Face storyline is truncated a bit as well.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    i have to admit, back in 1986 i thought Frank Miller..

    by sonnyhooper

    ....was the be all, end all of Batman writers. of course back in 1986 i was 13 years old. needles to say a lot has changed in 26 years. <p> so as far as this mutant leader becoming a scooby doo villain thing goes, i'd suggest that maybe that was actually the case all along. it just takes a little looking past all of the nostalgia to see the truth. <p> sorry, it's just that even when i was 13 i didn't find the mutant gang or thier leader very intimidating. they all dressed like extras from a WHAM! video for christs sake. i don't care who you are..... bright floresent colored clothes are NOT cool. <p> I don't shiv. <p> spud.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    2 Parter?

    by Larry_Sanders

    Batman is DC's (last remaining?) cash cow, so I can see why they'd want to milk his stuff for whatever they can get. But we've gotten adaptations of much deeper material that have been given much smaller running times. I don't really look forward to these anymore because they usually remove too much from the stories that made them great. Dark Knight Returns honestly hasn't aged so well, so it's a bit of a shame that this is the one that gets the "full story" treatment.

  • The framerates in the trailer seem really herky-jerky, and the lip-sync seems off. I'm hoping this isn't the case for the actual movie.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Also, I'm more looking forward to Part 2 than Part 1.

    by Royston Lodge

    While the stuff with Harvey Dent in the first half of the book is interesting, the stuff with The Joker and with Superman are way more interesting than the stuff with the Mutants and the new Robin. Part 1 is just a warm-up for the awesomeness of Part 2.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Have they announced the voice actors for The Joker and Superman yet?

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm also curious if they're keeping the Ronnie Ray-gun style president.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Jesus, someone buy this dude a happy meal

    by Cash907

    because he's obviously hungry.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by caruso-stalker217

    Michael Emerson is voicing the Joker.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Again, I have high hopes. But they really screwed up Doomsday

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    Granted, I think it was the first of these direct to video DCU type things. But they raped a truly great storyline. The Death of Supes story, now that one warranted a two parter. Absolutely terrible the way it turned out. Let's hope Dark Knight gets the treatment it deserves and stays truer to the original book.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    let's rank your favourite artists !

    by qwsdqwedq sdbcjhdwiuvdh

    here is my list 1. neal adams 2. mike grell 3. jack kirby 4. jim starlin 5. steve steranko 6. jim lee 7. todd mcfarlane and i wouldnt know where 2 put simonson. i agree with most posters, his style is insipid and hurried

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    @ gr8scizoidx

    by tk863

    Is "Steve" any relation to Jim Steranko? j/k I would have to include Frazetta, Wrightson, and Ross pretty danged high on my list, and probably take out Starlin, Lee and McFarlane if I had a limited list.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    "Linus" from LOST is the Joker's voice in Part 2...

    by TopHat

    TV Guide did a story about it. The picture they showed of the Joker is pretty different then how he looks in the novel: He's fatter, looks more like a 40-50 year-old.

  • ...or maybe it's just me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PejJkjwcDps

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 4:46 a.m. CST

    @ d-t

    by biscuithead

    Quite wonderful aren't they. As far as I know they were produced by a Chinese studio called 'Wolf Smoke' and broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of the 'DC Nation' series of shorts. Don't know if they're available to buy in any form but no doubt they'll turn up as a DVD extra somewhere...

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    in the future, video quality will suck

    by INWOsuxRED

    won't everyone have 8k video cameras that work in low light in every portable device in like 5 years? I know this isn't a modern work, but nobody seemed able to predict that in the future cameras and video quality would possibly improve.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    royston lodge 2

    by Will

    Dude named Mark Valley is playing Supes. He was the lead in that Human Target series from a few years ago.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    inwosuxred

    by gun_will_travel

    Actually, terrorists and underground groups actually do use old-school analog video for recording messages, not because they don't have access to modern videocameras, but because they are less traceable. They intentionally introduce audio and video artifacts, distortion, and noise so that forensic experts have a more difficult time determining exactly where the videos were taken. You don't need a tinfoil hat to know that a lot of modern technology puts digital identification marks on recorded data. Any user can access stuff like geotagging in photo files. How much MORE info is going to be put on future recordings, in ways that ordinary users cannot detect, let alone access?

  • All of DC's direct to video animation looks basically identical to one another. I guess year one looked slightly different, but not drastically. Whoever said the Batman of Shanghai style was spot on. That would have been a much better style choice in my opinion. Is it just not possible to render animation outside of what DC does or would it just take exponentially longer to do so?