Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS May Get the Animated Film Treatment
Continuing with their two per year strategy, DC Entertainment is rumored to have begun early development on the iconic limited series.
Bleeding Cool is reporting that an animated adaptation of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson‘s classic The Dark Knight Returns is already in the works. The next project fans will definitively see after Green Lantern: Emerald Knights -- scheduled for release on June 7th, 2011 -- is Batman: Year One (confirmation of which we broke back in February). All-Star Superman's Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery will share the director's chair for Year One; which will also contain the last animated short from DC Showcase, spotlighting Catwoman.
No other details were revealed for the possible Dark Knight Returns animated adaptation at this point. The 1986 four-issue mini-series by comic legend Frank Miller was well received by fans but not so by critics. It is considered today one of the quintessential alternate Batman stories.
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. (Collider)