|If this image doesn't get your favorite comic book geek's pulse racing, he's probably dead.|
Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" changed everything. The 1986 graphic novel brought
us an aging, brooding Bruce Wayne who had been out of action as Batman so long that the
people of Gotham questioned whether he ever existed in the first place.
Without Miller's dark vision, it's fair to say that neither Tim Burton nor Christopher Nolan would
have made their wildly successful Batman films, which in turn altered the way the general
public views its superheroes.
Now, with "Returns" coming to a screen near you as a two-part animated DVD, we can attach
aname (i.e, voice), to the wrinkled, but still deadly, Caped Crusader. Peter Weller - yes,
Robocop himself (some us prefer to remember him as Buckaroo Banzai) - will breathe life into
Voicing 13-year-old Carrie Kelley/Robin is Ariel Winter, of "Modern Family" and "Phineas and
Ferb." (If you have been reading this without already knowing that the Robin of "Returns" is a
girl - well, shame on you).
No word yet on who portrays the president's secret weapon (i.e., a certain Kryptonian).
Part 1 is expected to be released sometime this fall, with Part 2 in early 2013.