History WesternAnimation / BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns

15th Jan '17 11:05:32 AM Tork
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* TheEighties: As per the original story, the film makes no real attempt to update the setting, even using 80's style synth music in a lot of cases.
6th Nov '16 7:39:07 PM MugenKagemaru
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The cast of voice actors includes Creator/PeterWeller (''Franchise/RoboCop'') as Batman, Creator/ArielWinter (''Series/ModernFamily'') as Carrie Kelley, Wade Williams (''Series/PrisonBreak'') as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, David Selby (''Series/DarkShadows'') as Commissioner Gordon, Michael [=McKean=] (''LaverneAndShirley'') as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper, Creator/MichaelEmerson (''Series/{{Lost}}'') as ComicBook/TheJoker, and Mark Valley (''Series/HumanTarget'') as Superman. Many of the tropes in the [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns original comic]] apply to the film.

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The cast of voice actors includes Creator/PeterWeller (''Franchise/RoboCop'') as Batman, Creator/ArielWinter (''Series/ModernFamily'') as Carrie Kelley, Wade Williams (''Series/PrisonBreak'') as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, David Selby (''Series/DarkShadows'') as Commissioner Gordon, Michael [=McKean=] (''LaverneAndShirley'') as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper, Creator/MichaelEmerson (''Series/{{Lost}}'') (''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/PersonOfInterest'') as ComicBook/TheJoker, and Mark Valley (''Series/HumanTarget'') as Superman. Many of the tropes in the [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns original comic]] apply to the film.
9th Oct '16 3:27:01 AM JackG
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* SpitefulSpit: Although the Joker's death shocks him, Batman still spits in the face of his ArchEnemy after his death.
8th Oct '16 10:57:37 PM JackG
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Superman agrees to take out Batman because [[TheFettered he's agreed to submit himself to human authority]].

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Superman agrees to take out Batman because [[TheFettered he's agreed to submit himself to human authority]].authority]], no matter how flawed it is.


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* VerbalBackspace: The President is sending Superman to fight for American interests...err, freedom.
8th Oct '16 10:55:31 PM JackG
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* CreateYourOwnVillain: Discussed by Wolper concerning ''all'' of Batman's rogues. Apparently his mere presence propagates a social disease that creates costumed psychopaths.

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: Discussed by Wolper concerning ''all'' of Batman's rogues. Apparently his mere presence propagates a social disease that creates costumed psychopaths. In the Joker's case at least this is true, as he only revives from his comatose state on hearing that Batman is back.
8th Oct '16 10:53:02 PM JackG
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* SoftGlass: Averted when Batman throws a mook through a window, then gives him a choice between bleeding to death from the resulting injuries or Batman taking him to the hospital if he talks.
8th Oct '16 10:39:08 PM JackG
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* HighAltitudeInterrogation: When a mook proves reluctant to talk, Batman removes the man's blindfold to reveal he's holding him over the edge of a skyscraper.



* SignificantHaircut: Bruce shaves off his moustache, apparently without even realising he's done so.



* StealthHiBye: The veteran cop lampshades it.
* StealthPun: Oliver shoots a glowing Green Arrow.

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* StealthHiBye: The When Batman disappears in the middle of their conversation, the veteran cop lampshades it.
grins and says, "Oh yeah, now I remember."
* StealthPun: StealthPun:
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Oliver shoots a glowing Green Arrow.Arrow.
** The former Catwoman now [[MissKitty runs an escort agency]].




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* YourTelevisionHatesYou: Bruce keeps getting either crime reports or the movie that was playing the night his parents were murdered.
8th Oct '16 10:23:44 PM JackG
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* ShamingTheMob: Gordon and Batman do this to get the public fighting fires instead of each other.


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* StealthHiBye: The veteran cop lampshades it.
8th Oct '16 10:12:38 PM JackG
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* DelegationRelay: Played with when politicians from the President, the Governor and the Mayor appear to be passing the buck on the Batman issue. However the audience already knows that the President has asked Superman to warn Batman off.


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* HorsebackHeroism: With requisite RearingHorse.


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* InvisiblePresident: Averted with Ronald Reagan openly making use of Superman.


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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Superman agrees to take out Batman because [[TheFettered he's agreed to submit himself to human authority]].
8th Oct '16 9:45:24 PM JackG
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* ImprobableWeaponUser: In the final battle with Superman, Batman uses everything he can think of at his disposal, including a sonic pistol, Gotham's entire electricity output focused into Batman's gauntlets, two massive wheels ripped from a steam roller, a wrecking ball, a concentrated acid spray in the eyes, a sticky bomb that can blow a decent sized crater in the ground, kryptonite gas, and finally Batman's own fists and boot heels.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: In the final battle with Superman, Batman uses everything he can think of at his disposal, including X-Ray seeking missiles, a sonic pistol, Gotham's entire electricity output focused into Batman's gauntlets, two massive wheels ripped from a steam roller, a wrecking ball, a concentrated acid spray in the eyes, a sticky bomb that can blow a decent sized crater in the ground, kryptonite gas, and finally Batman's own fists and boot heels.
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