Part 1 of the Movie was released on 9-25-12.
At Arkham Asylum, Joker is watching all the talk about Batman. When Dr. Wolper greets Joker, Joker in turn uses his ability of manipulation to get Dr. Wolper to set up a time for the news media to hear "his side of the story". At the White House, the President talks to Superman about convincing Batman to retire before he has to use force. At a police event, James Gordon is giving a speech that begins Ellen Yindel's start as Gotham City's new commissioner. At the end of the speech, Ellen Yindel gives a call for the Batman's arrest. The next day, Clark tries to convince Bruce to return to retirement, however Bruce refuses even though Clark warned him that the President would eventually send him to end Bruce. The conversation ends when the President calls Superman to fight against the Soviet Union.
Later, at the David Endochrine Show, Joker is going on stage to tell "his side of the story". Meanwhile, Batman is on the roof fighting Gotham City Police Officers trying to reach Joker. Inside, Joker pulls off his fiendish plot by killing everyone at David Endochrine's show including him and Dr. Wolper. Batman retreats with Robin to find out later that Joker has escaped. Joker eventually meets with Selina Kyle at her brothel to try to draw out Batman. When Batman and Robin visit the brothel, they find Selina bound and gagged in a Wonder Woman outfit. Selina provides little information on the Joker's hideout, however Batman and Robin eventually find out that the Joker is hiding at the fair grounds.
Arriving at the fair grounds, Batman follows the Joker that leads to a major confrontation between the two. Batman and Joker's fight continues to escalate as a near stabbed to death Batman partially breaks the neck of the Joker. Joker taunts Batman that he should cross over the line and finally end the countless battles by killing him, however Batman does not. This ultimately leads to Joker ending his own life by twisting his neck around fully. After being rescued by Robin from the police, Batman is recuperating in the cave.
Near Corto Maltese, Superman has just saved the small island from being attacked by a nuclear missile sent by the Soviet Union. The nuclear missile did still detonate and the EMP drained all of America's electrical power, a move by the Soviet Union to cripple the county for invasion. Batman knew that there would be mass hysteria, looting, and killing in the city so he rounded up the Sons of Batman to dispense justice; his way. Meanwhile in the streets of Gotham, the police are having a hard time keeping up with the Mutants and the panicked citizens of Gotham. Batman ends up organizing all the chaos in the streets [mutants and Sons of Batman included] and they help keep the city sane.
Eventually the news begins to tell that the power has come back on in some areas around the country, however Gotham is the only city that has maintained order. Because of Batman's refusal of going back in retirement, the President orders Superman to kill Batman, during this time also Batman and Oliver Queen are devising a plan to take care of Superman. Later on, Batman and Superman finally fight one another at crime alley, but unknown to Superman, Batman had already devised a plan. Near the end of the fight, Bruce's heart seemingly gives out. At the funeral, Clark hears the heartbeat of Bruce and sees Robin with a shovel to dig him out of the grave. In the end, Batman, Robin, and Oliver are with the Sons of Batman and the Mutants building a new cave. Bruce states that he is going to live a good rest of his life training the two groups to work in the ways of Batman.
The first official trailer of The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 was released on October 10, 2012.
The first clip of the film was released on January 3rd, 2013.
All of the features listed below can be found on the Blu-Ray Combo Pack of the film. Only a small portion of the special features will be released on the standard versions of the film.
- Take Batman The Dark Knight Returns: Part Two on the go with the HD (or SD) versions of the film utilizing the UltraViolet Digital Copy (can be watched/transfered to any computer or smartphone).
- Preview of the next big DC Universe Animated Movie Superman: Unbound.
- Featurette – ”Superman vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide”
- Featurette – ”The Joker: Laughing in the Face of Death”
- Featurette - Jay Olivia talks "From Sketch to Screen: Exploring the Adaptation Process"
- Bruce Timm presents three bonus cartoons
- An excerpt from the Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller (Exclusive only found on Blu-Ray versions of the film.)