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2013

January 23
Paley Center
New York
Premiere
6:30 pm

January 28
Paley Center
Los Angeles
Premiere
7 pm

January 29
The Dark Knight Returns
Part Two
releases

September 10
Deluxe Edition
releases early
at Best Buy

October 8
Deluxe Edition
releases

October 8
Deluxe Edition
Soundtrack
releases

2012

September 20
Paley Center
New York
Premiere
6 pm

September 24
Paley Center
Los Angeles
Premiere
7 pm

September 25
The Dark Knight Returns
Part One
releases

October 13
The Dark Knight Returns
Part Two
Preview
IGN Theater
12:15-1:15 pm

2020

August 16
Part 1
Airs CN
1:30 am

August 23
Part 2
Airs CN
1:45 am

Movie News

News on the direct to video movies, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One and Part Two. In most cases a link will accompany each headline back to the original article.

News on the DCAU originates from animation and comic book related news sites, personal staff forums or comic book conventions. Fans beware, in some cases, false news does get spread among the internet.

General News

  • July 24, 2010: A comic book story the staff wants to adapt may be divided into two movies. Titans Tower Article
  • September 23, 2010: An R-Rated Batman movie was cancelled recently. Gotham Knights Online Paley Center Q&A Video
  • April 14, 2011: It is rumored the movie adaptation of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's classic "The Dark Knight Returns" is being produced. Bleeding Cool Article
  • July 22, 2011: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns will be DC Universe's first two-part movie and "is going to be very, very faithful to the comic." IGN Article
  • August 28, 2011: Sam Liu is currently storyboarding on the adaptation. CBR Interview, Part 5
  • December 15, 2011: Background artist William Dunn is currently working on the adaptation. WF Article
  • September 24, 2012: Summary of Paley Center New York panel with director Jay Oliva, voice director Andrea Romano, and actor David Selby. CBR Article
  • September 24, 2012: Interview with Bruce Timm. CBM Clip
  • September 24, 2012: Summary of Paley Center New York panel with director Jay Oliva, voice director Andrea Romano, and actor David Selby. TZ Article
  • September 25, 2012: Summary of Paley Center LA panel. Newsarama Article
  • September 27, 2012: Summary of Paley Center LA panel. CBR Article
  • September 27, 2012: Interview with Composer Christopher Drake. WF Article
  • October 9, 2012: Transcript of World's Finest Q&A with Jay Oliva and Andrea Romano at Paley Center New York. WF Article
  • October 16, 2012: 11 minute interview with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano from New York Comic Con. Newsarama Video
  • October 16, 2012: Bob Goodman on writing the adaptation for The Dark Knight Returns. WF Interview
  • October 17, 2012: Transcript of a New York Comic Con rountable conversation with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. TZ Article
  • May 22, 2013: William Dunn posts Crime Alley development art. Bill Dunn Blog
  • June 29, 2013: A Deluxe Edition Blu-Ray and DVD of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns will release on October 8, 2013. Both will have all special features from the Part 1 and Part 2 releases along with an exclusive 70 minute Frank Miller piece and a commentary reel. The Blu-Ray will also contain 4 exclusive collector cards with never before seen artwork. Front cover art revealed. There are also plans to release a movie soundtrack to coincide with the release. WF Article
  • June 30, 2013: Trade ad for Deluxe Edition Blu-Ray and DVD of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns reveals the movie may splice Part One and Part Two into one single movie and the Frank Miller feature is titled "Creating a Masterpiece: The Dark Knight Returns." WF Article
  • September 24, 2013: Deluxe Edition soundtrack will also release on October 8, 2013 via Digital Download, via assorted digital retailers, and an Amazon.com-exclusive Compact Disc. 42 track listing revealed. WF Article
  • October 8, 2013: New interviews with Peter Weller, the voice of Batman, Michael Emerson, the voice of the Joker, and Mark Valley, the voice of Superman about the Deluxe Edition. WF Article
  • April 11, 2014: Jay Oliva posts early development art he did of Batman. Jay Oliva Tweet

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One News

  • March 18, 2012: Image of Mutant Leader taken during preview from Superman vs. The Elite screening and panel. Mighty Action Article
  • April 25, 2012: Part One is done. Dunn's part of the production was to color script the entire movie, a first for the line. Bill Dunn Blog
  • May 23, 2012: Part One will release Fall 2012 and Part Two will release early 2013. Peter Weller voices Batman/Bruce Wayne, Ariel Winter voices Robin, Wade Williams voices Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Michael McKean voices Dr. Wolper, and David Selby has an unspecificed role. Jay Oliva is the director and Robert Goodman is the writer of the script. THR Article
  • May 23, 2012: 10 images released, including first look at Robin. THR Article Gallery
  • June 12, 2012: Images from Superman vs. The Elite's Sneak Peak of The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. WF Article
  • July 11, 2012: First look at DVD front cover. Release date is October 23rd. CBM Article
  • July 31, 2012: First trailer and official front cover art released. Blu-Ray/DVD officially releases on September 25th. David Selby voices Commissioner Gordon. MTV Geek! Article
  • August 2, 2012: Official press release reveals special features: Sneak Peak at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, Featurette - "Her Name is Carrie... Her Role is Robin," Featurette - "Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story," Two bonus episodes from Batman: The Animated Series handpicked by producer Alan Burnett: Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2, and "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" (digital comic with cover art and three full comic pages). WF Article
  • August 2, 2012: Trade ad reveals run time of 78 minutes. WF Article
  • August 7, 2012: Front and Back Cover for Blu-Ray/DVD combo set and single disc edition. WF Article
  • August 20, 2012: Part One will premiere on September 20th at the Paley Center New York with interviews at 5 pm and screening at 6:30 pm. David Selby, voice of Jim Gordon, and Andrea Romano will lead the panel. The Paley Center Los Angeles screening will be on September 24th with interviews at 5:30 pm and screening at 7 pm. David Selby, Ariel Winter, voice of Robin, Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Robert Goodman, and voice director Andrea Romano will lead the panel afterwards. Three new images revealed. WF Article
  • August 28, 2012: First official clip posted. WF Article
  • August 30, 2012: Official studio interview with Michael McKean, voice of Dr. Wolper. WF Article
  • August 31, 2012: Interview with Andrea Romano, Casting and Voice Director. CBM Article
  • August 31, 2012: Details on Two Disc Special Edition released. WF Article
  • September 4, 2012: Michael Emerson is the voice of the Joker. First look at Joker revealed. Mark Valley will voice Superman in Part Two. TV Guide Article
  • September 5, 2012: Gary Anthony Williams is the voice of the Mutant Leader. Five images and second official clip posted. WF Article
  • September 7, 2012: Exclusive clip titled "Promise" released. DC Comics Videos
  • September 11, 2012: Third clip titled "Hallucination Batman" and four images released. Peter Weller will attend the Paley Center LA screening and panel. WF Article
  • September 13, 2012: Official studio interview with David Selby, voice of Commissioner Gordon, and four new images released. WF Article
  • September 14, 2012: Fourth clip and one image featuring Alfred released. Michael Jackson will voice Alfred. WF Article
  • September 19, 2012: Fifth clip featuring Batman released. WF Article
  • September 20, 2012: Complete cast and crew list posted. WF Article
  • September 24, 2012: Four new images and clip of Robin released. Official studio interview with Ariel Winter, voice of Robin. WF Article
  • September 25, 2012: Six images released. WF Article
  • April 20, 2013: Art Lee posts prop designs for Batmobile. Art Lee Blog
  • August 9, 2020: As part of a promotional build up to DC FanDome, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 at 1:30 am on Toonami. CBR Article

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part Two News

  • September 4, 2012: Michael Emerson is the voice of the Joker. First look at Joker revealed. Mark Valley will voice Superman in Part Two. TV Guide Article
  • September 19, 2012: On Saturday, October 13th, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 footage will be show at 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM at the IGN Theater during New York Comic Con. Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, and other guests will discuss the movie, as well. TZ Post
  • September 22, 2012: Jay Oliva, director, speaks in brief about Superman in Part 2. CBM Video Clip 1:30 mark
  • September 25, 2012: Images from Part 2 Sneak Peek. WF Article
  • October 1, 2012: Interview with Voice Director Andrea Romano on Mark Valley as Superman. CBM 1:40 clip
  • October 4, 2012: New image from Part 2 revealed. The making of Part 2 will be discussed and clips shown on Saturday, October 13 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the IGN Theater at the Jacob Javitz Center. Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, and other guests will be present. WF Article
  • October 5, 2012: Sam Liu reveals Part 2 should be pretty close to being done by now. Sam Liu Tweet
  • October 10, 2012: First official trailer for Part 2. MTV Geek! Clip
  • October 13, 2012: Conan O'Brien voices David Endochrine. WF Article
  • October 13, 2012: Orchestra music was brought in for the fight between Batman and Superman and Mark Valley wore glasses when recording as Clark Kent. CC Article
  • October 15, 2012: Part 2 Panel Report from New York Comic Con. TZ Article
  • October 15, 2012: Part 2 should release late January/early February. TZ Article
  • October 17, 2012: Trailer for Part 2. WF Article
  • November 1, 2012: MPAA officially passes PG-13 rating for Part 2. WF Article
  • November 5, 2012: Part 2 will release on January 29th, 2013. Bonus content will include all-new featurettes, three classic DC Comics cartoons, a digital comic, and a preview of the upcoming animated feature Superman: Unbound. The runtime for Part 2 is 74 minutes. WF Article
  • November 29, 2012: Part 2 back cover art and special features released. WF Article
  • December 17, 2012: Paget Brewster will voice Lana Lang. More details on special features revealed. WF Article
  • December 20, 2012: Part 2 will be shown at the Paley Center for Media on January 23rd in New York and 28th in Los Angeles. Part 2, in New York City (25 West 52nd Street), begins with media interviews starting at 5:15 p.m., the movie screening starting at at 6:30 p.m., and a panel led by Voice and Casting Director Andrea Romano. In Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills), media interviews start at 5:30 p.m., the screening starts at 7:00 p.m., and a panel discussion will include Executive Producer Bruce Timm, Director Jay Oliva, Writer Bob Goodman and Voicea and Casting Director Andrea Romano. Fans can get free tickets at DKReturns2NY@gmail or comDKReturns2LA@gmail.com with name of entrant, a valid email address, and the name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening. WF Article
  • January 3, 2013: New clip for Part 2 featuring Batman facing off against Gotham City PD led by Commissioner Yindel. WF Article
  • January 11, 2013: New image for Part 2 featuring the Joker. WF Article
  • January 14, 2013: New clip for Part 2 featuring Batman and the Sons of Batman. WF Article
  • January 16, 2013: New images of Batman, Joker, and Superman and clips featuring their respective voice actors, Peter Weller, Michael Emerson, and Mark Valley. WF Article
  • January 21, 2013: Complete cast and crew for Part 2. WF Article
  • January 23, 2013: New Clip for Part 2 posted featuring the Joker at the David Endochrine Show. WF Article
  • January 24, 2013: New image and three interview clips with Peter Weller for Part 2 posted. WF Article
  • January 25, 2013: Four images and three interview clips with Michael Emerson for Part 2 posted. WF Article
  • January 29, 2013: Q&A clips with Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Jay Oliva, Bob Goodman and Peter Weller at Paley LA airing. Dark Knight News
  • January 29, 2013: New Clips for Part 2 featuring the Tunnel of Love battle and Mark Valley and six new images from the movie and a Paley event. WF News
  • January 29, 2013: Q&A clips with Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, and Peter Weller at Paley LA airing. i am Rogue
  • January 29, 2013: Watertower Music will release a soundtrack for Part 1 and Part 2. Christopher Drake Tweet
  • January 31, 2013: Summary of Paley Center panel. CBR Article
  • February 4, 2013: Summary of Paley Center red carpet with Bruce Timm, Jay Oliva, and Peter Weller. CBR Article
  • February 8, 2013: Q&A with Jay Oliva and Andrea Romano at New York Paley Center red carpet. WF Article
  • February 25, 2013: Interview with Bob Goodman about Part 2. WF Article
  • February 27, 2013: Jay Oliva reflects on Superman and Batman fight in Part 2. Voices from Krypton
  • March 6, 2013: Jay Oliva reflects on Superman and Batman fight in Part 2. Voices from Krypton
  • April 10, 2014: Gary Miereanu posts an animatic from the Batman-Superman battle. Gary Miereanu Tweet
  • September 6, 2014: Bill Dunn posts color script for Superman scene. Bill Dunn Blog
  • August 9, 2020: As part of a promotional build up to DC FanDome, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 at 1:45 am on Toonami. CBR Article