Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Produced by Larry Franco
Charles Roven
Written by Frank Miller
Starring Michael Ironside
Sir Ian McKellen
Bonnie Wright
Dabney Coleman
Hugo Weaving
John Leguizamo
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Adam Greenberg
Editing by Conrad Buff
Studio Touchstone Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
DC Comics
Distributed by Buena Vista Television (domestic)
Warner Bros. Television (international)
PBS (Original Airing)
Release date(s) 2005
Running time 120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a 2005 television movie starring Michael Ironside as the Batman and Bonnie Wright as the new Robin.


Actor Role
Michael Ironside Bruce Wayne/Batman
Sir Ian McKellen Alfred Pennyworth
Bonnie Wright Carrie Kelly/Robin
Dabney Coleman James Gordon
Hugo Weaving Harvey Dent/Two-Face
John Leguizamo The Joker
Roland Kickinger The Mutant Leader
Danny Huston Dr. Bartholomew Wolper
Cate Blanchett Ellen Yindel
Jeremy Irons Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Arnold Schwarzenegger Clark Kent/Superman


The special was part of an uneasy alliance between Disney Enterprises, Inc. and TimeWarner; however, due to Warner's ownership of DC, it was reluctant to let Disney do a Batman project with them. (Usually, movies produced under the alliance were distributed worldwide by Disney.) An agreement was reached between the two companies in 2003; the companies would split the profits evenly between them like in the normal alliance, but Batman TV specials would be distributed by Touchstone or Disney only in North America; internationally the specials would be distributed by Warner. As a result, the opening logo sequence at the start of each special depends on who distributes the special on home video in each territory (Touchstone's or Disney's logo appears first in North America, and Warner's logo appears first internationally). On PBS broadcasts there are no opening logos. PBS has TV broadcast rights in North America.

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