The ad appears to be--or perhaps this is just incidental--playing up the plot similarities between The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Rises, the $500 million-and-counting blockbuster film that hit theaters earlier this month. Featuring the revelation that Batman has been out of circulation for years, followed by images of a musclebound titan terrorizing the city, it seems likely casual viewers will intuit a connection between the two films, which probably can't hurt The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, which Warner would obviously like to see succeed considering they're committed to a Part Two.
The film stars Peter Weller (RoboCop, Psych) as Batman, along with Ariel Winter (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Modern Family) as Carrie Kelley/Robin and an all-star voice cast including Robert Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche and more.
The Dark Knight Returns, Part One will be released on October 23, 2012, followed by its sequel in early 2013.
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