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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 is the first part of a 2-part direct-to-video American animated superhero film. The film is an adaptation of the 1986 comic book The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and is set in the same continuity as Batman: Year One. It was written by Bob Goodman and directed by Jay Oliva, with music by Christopher Drake. The film was released on September 25, 2012. It is the 15th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.

The film aired on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block on August 15, 2020 at 1:30 AM.[1]


In a bleak and ominous 1986, it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape after the death of his protégé Jason Todd. Meanwhile the Joker has been catatonic in Arkham Asylum since Wayne's retirement. At 55-years-old, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with race cars and liquor – but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent, newly released from Arkham, as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting – simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie Kelly who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Batman is able to defeat the leader and his victory over the Mutants becomes public, and the city's inhabitants are inspired to stand up against crime. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham. However, in Arkham, televised reports about Batman bring the Joker out of his catatonic state.


Voice Cast[]

Character English Voice Actor
Bruce Wayne / Batman Peter Weller
Carrie Kelley / Robin Ariel Winter
Commissioner James Gordon David Selby
Harvey Dent / Two-Face Wade Williams
The Joker Michael Emerson
Don Dee Bradley Baker
Commissioner Ellen Yindel Maria Canals-Barrera
Lola Chang Gwendoline Yeo
Lana Lang Paget Brewster
Anchorwoman Carla Grey DeLisle
Mayor of Gotham Richard Doyle
Alfred Pennyworth Michael Robin Jackson
The Son of Batman Yuri Lowenthal
Dr. Bartholomew Wolper Michael McKean
Murray James Patrick Stuart
Mr. Hudson James Arnold Taylor
Spud James Arnold Taylor
Thomas Wayne Bruce Timm
Deputy Mayor Stevenson Frank Welker
Mutant Leader Gary Anthony Williams
Rob Rob Paulsen
Morrie Townsend Coleman


Toonami Broadcast History[]

  • August 15, 2020 at 1:30 AM[1]

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