The Dark Knight Returns

Even Batman has a sense of humor — or at least the people who bring him to life do. TV Guide Magazine has learned that Conan O'Brien will voice a role in the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Universe animated DVD-movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. The late-night talk show host plays Dave Endochrine, a (yes) late-night talk show host who interviews the Joker after his release from Arkham Asylum. Without spoiling too much, anyone who has read the Frank Miller graphic novel that the movie is based on knows that things don't go so well at the interview.

O'Brien joins a brilliantly cast film that also includes Peter Weller as Batman, Michael Emerson as the Joker, Mark Valley as Superman, Ariel Winter as Robin, David Selby as Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the Joker's Arkham psychiatrist.

"I've got a great affection for animation," O'Brien says. "I've always been interested in drawing, and I grew up on the Warner Bros. cartoons — which is where I think I learned a lot of my comedy. I think I got a lot of my comedic timing from the Road Runner and Bugs Bunny cartoons."

O'Brien's casting will be officially announced Saturday at New York Comic Con. Following up on last month's The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the second chapter will arrive in early 2013 on DVD, Blu-ray, on demand and for download. 

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