BURBANK, CA (December 17, 2012)
– Batman must battle old friends and
foes on two fronts in the epic animated conclusion to Frank Miller’s
masterpiece in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
, the next entry
in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original
Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives January 29, 2013 from
Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD
($19.98 SRP), On Demand and for Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo
Pack will include UltraViolet™*.
With Gotham City back under his watchful eye, and accompanied by able
sidekick Robin, Batman continues to battle crime – but his resurgence
awakens a far worse evil at Arkham Asylum: The Joker. In the meantime,
Superman has been dispatched by the President to halt Batman’s
unsanctioned reign by whatever means necessary. Between the Joker’s
diabolical scheme to drag Batman to the darkest levels of insanity,
and the Man of Steel’s seemingly invincible physical presence, the
Dark Knight must confront adversaries and allies simultaneously while
maintaining the peace in Gotham City.
Primetime television stars Michael Emerson and Mark Valley join the voice cast as The
Joker and Superman, respectively; and popular talk show host Conan
O’Brien gives voice to animated talk show host Dave Endochrine. Fanboy
favorite Peter Weller continues as Bruce
Wayne/Batman, and he is once again accompanied by David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter
as Carrie/Robin, and Michael McKean (as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Also featured in the voice cast is
Maria Canals-Barrrera as new Commissioner
Yindel, Paget Brewster as Lana Lang, and Radio Hall
of Fame member Michael Jackson as Alfred.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is directed by Jay Oliva from a screenplay by Bob
Goodman. Sam Register, Bruce Timm, Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melnicker are executive
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is epic animated filmmaking
at its finest Crafted by an impressive team of filmmakers and voice
talent alike it’s the perfect complement to the initial installment,”
said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Home Video Vice President, Family &
Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. “Just when you thought the
story couldn’t become any more intense, the Joker and Superman arrive
to up the ante – and Michael Emerson’s approach to the Joker is
particularly chilling. This is a film no fan can do without.”
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack has more
than 2 hours of exciting content, including:
* Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
* Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
* Featurette – “The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death” – An all-new
featurette. A fitting tribute to The Joker, giving perspective as to
why this engrossing character is the true arch nemesis of Batman.
* Documentary – “Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide” – An
all-new documentary. Batman and Superman have a long history of
friendship and conflict. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns brought an
end to that conflict. This is the story behind that battle.
* Featurette – “From Sketch to Screen” – An all-new featurette.
Director Jay Oliva gives a fascinating animatic breakdown of five of
his favorite moments from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
* Look Back – Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
* Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series (“The Last
Laugh” and “The Man Who Killed Batman”) and an episode from The New
Batman Adventures (“Legends of the Dark Knight”), all handpicked by
producer Alan Burnett.
* Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel The Dark Knight Falls
by Frank Miller.