Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Returning to the seemingly never ending stream of Batman movies ripe for Gonzo review, we’re back to cover the two-part animated adaptation of one of the most celebrated and important graphic novels of all time. The movies are way better than the book and we’ll tell you why throughout this podcast. These are available on DVD and Blu Ray and the second part is better than the first. Don’t wait for the box set. These are worth seeing right now.
Joining me are Matt Ramsey of the Do Try This at Home podcast and Batman expert David Hartrick. David writes for major Football websites In Bed with Maradona and 500 Reasons to Love Football. His book on the world’s favourite sport; 50 Teams that Mattered is available from Ockley Books. Spoilers and foul language run throughout. We’ll be back in a few days time with another podcast covering the second half of this conversation; a comprehensive guide to the very best Batman graphic novels, framed as a history of the Dark Knight’s career.
After that will be the long awaited follow up to last year’s Batman: Breakdown audio drama, a full-cast adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. Listen out for an Easter Egg in this very show.
1. Batman: The Movie (1966)
2. Batman (1989)
3. Batman Returns
4. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm / The Animated Series
5. Batman Forever / Batman & Robin
6. Batman: Hush
7. Batman: Year One / Under the Red Hood / Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
8. Batman: Arkham Asylum / Arkham City
9. Batman Begins
10. The Dark Knight
11. The Dark Knight Rises
12. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
And of course if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of listening to Breakdown, it’s probably the best work I’ve ever done, so make sure all your friends know and check out the two-part making of show, to discover the depth of secrets and detail found within.