Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

in a dystopian near-future version of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne, now 55 years old, has retired from being Batman following the death of his former Robin, Jason Todd. Criminals now run amok and the city is constantly terrorised by a gang known as the Mutants.

So far the bestĀ feature length animation of 2012 and the best comic book adaptation.

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  1. megatron September 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm .

    So far the best?
    At this point in time if we pretend it is the best then lets see what makes it the best. What makes it the best is just DC world and Marvel world posthumous infinite repetition(*after the 30s and 40s heyday or the 60s Stan Lee revival). They are bent on cotinously regurgitating heroes, plots, scripts, styles and outcomes without any change or modfication. It is just about sheer maintenance of the status quo. During right-wing paleoconservative surge in Europe and the States, Batman is the perfect fixture.
    Hell, we are witnessing and supporting this takeover, the empty heroics that have to be retrograde, retributive, punitive and revisionst like no time in the past. Hundred years ago Dracula at least was the original Hungarian promiscous aristrocrat from Eastern Europe sucking the blood out of Western society ladies, endagering manood in the midst of posh London. Batman, his directors, his producers, his money aren’t talking about any kind of dystopia, or any grim future. Future is obsolete. We are talking about the US and Europe of the 30s just before Hitler and Mussolini. Batman is about the years after the depression, the Wall Street slump and the proto-fascist inter-war period. It is about alienated Krupp banker types that invested in arms deals while savoring their anonimity.
    Batman is the hefty, greyhaired pater familias that all the young kids should look upon. There is nothing vaguely futuristic in this imagery, we just see a 30s cocktail bar meeting between a former chief policemen and a smug oldtimer fitness freak. Remember Batman running naked in the batcave recharging?
    More so, Batman is the Reaganite dream-come true. He is East Coast old family gothamite looking for a brawl. Lets look for the evil. Who is the evil here? The evil mutants are just cliche – the thousand year old punker badass gangs that neighboorhood watch is keen to catch. But hey how lame is this future menace? I would rather believe Alice Cooper in the Prince of Darkness as a ravenous homeless than imagine the new sociopath gangs stalking the arcades.
    Maybe just a sign of the times – the future Robin character is having a very interesting background. The kind of background Rambo would have agreed to hate. It is about pothead parents that wistfully remembering the Weathermen terrorist acts and the Chicago civil rights protests. The difference is that we are seeing a backlash of that. In a 2012 WASP scenario crime, violence and terror is happening because of lenient laws and over-tolerant legislation.
    Batman recovers his manhood, a leading role in a tank and brings back TV crediblity. Mainly, in this (South Korean?) animation, Batman is the long hand of the Pax Americana. What police won’t dare, he will undertake under the cloak of unacoutable monopoly capitalism and artistocratic knighthood. If the armed police still has some inhibitions, Batman teaches you to have none. His hobby libertarian hangout becomes a recruitment center for young deliquents ready to serve the stars and stripes.

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