Neseman aside, the iFanboy Animated Brain Trust adored the first half of Warner Bros’ adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. It’s an audacious task translating Frank Miller’s landmark story to another medium, but Bruce Timm and company did a remarkable job of it. One of the contributing factors in the project’s success was the decision to split the story in two, allowing for a bit more nuance than the usual direct to video features. The second half arrives on home video in early 2013 and if the tantalizing sneak peek included with Part 1 wasn’t enough, we’ve got ourselves an official trailer.
My favorite moments from Part 1 involved the slow burn reawakening of The Joker and that brief vocal performance from Michael Emerson. His take on the character is so deliciously sinister and perverse, and it’s thrilling to see more of that here. This is also a nice showcase for Mark Valley in his role as government stooge Superman. While the action sequences highlighted in the trailer don’t register nearly so polished and atmospheric as those in the first half, perhaps that’s a problem to be addressed in the final cut. All in all, an auspicious tease to the next course in this feast.