I waited for the house to calm down and become silent and couldn't wait to watch this movie. Not knowing what to expect, I must say I was pleasantly surprised and I don't mean that in any bad way at all.
We meet an older Bruce Wayne, no longer the physically strong and athletically able man we've all grown accustomed to seeing but instead a 60 something year old living his quiet days in an even more quiet Wayne Mansion. It has been 10 or more years since he has donned his costume and prowled the night looking for criminals and Gotham, too, has changed in a world absent of a Batman.
We get to see a few legendary characters here and there throughout the movie which include an aged Commissioner Gordon, who's on his way to retirement, Lana Lang, the once sweetheart of a young Clark Kent, as an older TV news reporter, an almost comatose Joker, who barely speaks or moves and must be spoonfed by nurses in Arkham.
The streets of Gotham have a new enemy, The Misfits. They are a criminal scourge who, together with political backing, are terrorising the city, doing as they please with Gotham PD helpless to stop the countless crimes being committed daily.
Bruce Wayne, clearly not happy in his retirement, is almost attacked by two thugs as he's walking home but due to his willingness to take on his aggressors, sees them running away. He grows more and more disillusioned as the very city he has protected over many years is thrown into anarchy and this coupled with memories of his parents death leads him to don the outfit of the caped crusader once more.
The movie was directed by Jay Oliver and features the voice talents of Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams and Dee Bradley Baker. It was released 25th September 2012.
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
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