Title card for the film

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt. 1 was a DC Universe Animated Original Movie set to be released on September 25, 2012. It is an adaptation of the Batman story arc, The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One, which was also a Frank Miller story.

The Film was directed by Jay Oliva and the script was adapted and written by Bob Goodman.


Cast Edit

Voice Actor


Peter Weller


Ariel Winter

Carrie Kelley / Robin

David Selby

Commissioner James Gordon

Wade Williams

Harvey Dent / Two-Face

Paget Brewster

Lana Lang

Maria Canals Barrera

Ellen Yindel

Micheal Emerson


Micheal Jackson

Alfed Pennyworth

Micheal McKean

Dr. Bartholomew Wolper

Gary Anthony Williams

Mutant Leader, News Anchor

Mark Valley


Richard Doyle

Mayor of Gotham

Bruce Timm

Thomas Wayne

Frank Welker

Deputy Mayor Stevenson, Weather Man, TV Announcer

Conan O'Brien

David Endocrine

Grey Delisle

Anchor Carla

Dee Bradley Baker

Don, Fat Mutant, Additional Voices


Because the story was split into two films in order to be told in its entirety, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 and Part 2 are a fairly close depiction of the Frank Miller story The Dark Knight Returns.


At this point, it is known that Frank Miller's main Batman comic book stories all take place in the same universe. Known in the DC 52 Multiverse as Earth-31, the works included in this universe are Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, and The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Because of this and fact that the Dark Knight Returns films are thought of as sequels to the Batman: Year One film, one can assume they should also be placed in the same universe.