RELEASED 2012 RUNTIME 148 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JAY OLIVA SCREENPLAY BOB GOODMAN STARRING PETER WELLER, ARIEL WINTER, DAVID SHELBY, WADE WILLIAMS, MICHAEL EMERSON, MARK VALLEY, MARIA CANALS BARRERA, GARY ANTHONY WILLIAMS, MICHAEL JACKSON MUSIC CHRISTOPHER DRAKE
Batman: The Dark Knight is an animated adaption of the legendary graphic novel that goes by the same name by Frank Miller.
Batman is retired, but rising crime rate in Gotham City and various incidents involving the newly formed mutant gang has forced Bruce Wayne to put on his cape and cowl one more time. But his methods have become more radical which has drawn negative attention from former friends.
This movie is amazing! It is dark and brutal and very faithful to the source material.
Even though it’s an animation, you may want to check first, if showing it to your 6 year old kids. There is a lot of blood and graphical violence to a point that surprised even me. You won’t see that kind of brutality in any other Batman film, including the Dark Knight trilogy. It certainly is aimed for adults more than for kids.
The voice acting is superb and the animation style is heavily inspired by Japanese anime which works perfectly for the adult content that’s being presented on screen. The character models are very detailed and the environment looks great.
The music also is very dark and atmospheric. Just overall the movie oozes with dark tone.
There are a lot of characters from the Batman universe appearing in the plot. If you like the Joker, you are in for a treat. His scenes were some of the most gruesome to watch which at some points made me twitch.
Also we have Superman. And if you didn’t know, this is the comic
In fact, If you want to know what inspired the movie Batman V Superman that’s coming out in less than 2 weeks, this is the movie to watch (or read the graphic novel).
Initially this movie was released in two parts witch each about 70 minutes long. but I suggest you watch both parts back to back, or get the deluxe edition, which basically cuts them together to make it a 2,5 hour movie.
I can only recommend this film to everybody who likes Batman and/or superhero comics. It’s adult content and deep story make it one of the best Batman movies made to date.
The graphic novel certainly has attained the status by most fans as the best Batman comic ever written, as well as one of the best graphic novels ever made. It also was highly influential and responsible for making the Batman content from that point on darker and grittier, a tone that’s signature to everything Batman.