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#1 Jan 16 2013 at 5:48 AM Rating: Good
Q: What is it?

A: Its the two part Warner Brothers' Animated movie(s) based upon the acclaimed Frank Miller graphic novel. Said Graphic novel pretty much has the definitive, albeit older, versions of Batman & Joker. Without TDKR, there probably wouldn't have been any Burton or Nolan Batman flicks. I guess the 2nd part of the animated adaptation is due out 1/29, but it's already up online.

Q: Is it any good?

A: Yes, but not as good as the source material. The animation is top notch, the voice acting is good (although the "traditional" voice actors that usually do Warner Brothers' Batman/Joker/Superman have been replaced by "celebrities" (Liddy from Dexter is Batman, Ben Linus from Lost is the Joker, & "cameos" by Conan O'Brien/Andy Ricter as David Endocrine & sidekick).

My two big gripes: 1) No Batman internal monologue (Not that I think it was "cut" nefariously, it was cut because a film is supposed to convey thoughts via images. Sucks that one of my favorite lines was removed though, " There are 6 working defenses from this position. 5 of them disarm with minimal injury. The 6th one...hurts.") 2) The Joker's scene at the end of the Carnival should have been creepier. If you've read the comic, you know what I mean.

Other than that, it was a very good adaptation of the source material. Expanding the Superman/Batman fight wasn't a bad idea & they pretty much aced the media/political stuff in the 2nd part, as I worried after watching the first that they might replace Reagan with a generic stand-in. They didn't & the voice actor was spot on.

Coincidentally, I watched Batman/Superman Apocalypse via Netflix & it was also pretty good. Traditional voice actors, Jim Lee inspired animation. Should have been called "Supergirl", but whatever.

Edited, Jan 16th 2013 6:51am by Omegavegeta
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#2 Jan 17 2013 at 9:42 AM Rating: Good
I dressed up as one of the Sons of Batman for Halloween once in the 90's. Only one guy at the party I went to got who I was dressed as... We were instantly friends after that.

Will have to check it out thanks for the tip.
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#3 Jan 17 2013 at 9:46 AM Rating: Good
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Omegavegeta wrote:
Ben Linus from Lost is the Joker,
Boo, Mark Hamill or bust.
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#4 Jan 17 2013 at 10:26 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
Omegavegeta wrote:
Ben Linus from Lost is the Joker,
Boo, Mark Hamill or bust.


Hamil quit after Arkham City, said the Joker was killing his voice.
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#5 Jan 17 2013 at 12:12 PM Rating: Good
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That's a bit weird of a reason. I mean, Skips' voice sounds like it'd do much more damage than Joker's.
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