10-Minute Sneak Peek at D.C.’s Batman Year One Animated Movie

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Frank Miller’s “Year One” Batman story made the Bat cool again. Okay, so he did that already in “The Dark Knight Returns” a few years earlier, but “Year One” was pretty damn cool in its own right. “Batman: Year One” is the latest in D.C.’s highly successful collaboration with Warner Home Video, with the partners putting out at least two titles per year, sometimes more.

“Year One” would follow Miller’s original comics, introducing a young Bruce Wayne as he learns to fight crime, first as a ski-mask wearing vigilante, then later, as the Batman in order to “strike fear into the hearts” of the bad guys. It works. But “Year One” is also the story of Commissioner Jim Gordon, who arrives in Gotham City about the same time as Bruce Wayne’s return home. Along the way, Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, also gets into the mix. It’s good stuff.

The cast list include Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as Gordon, Ben McKenzie (“Southland”) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, and Katee Sackhoff as Detective Sarah Essen, Gordon’s partner/side dish.

Sam Liu, who is a pro at the direct-to-DVD animated movie genre, directs.

Update: Swapped the video with a working version.


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  • Online72

    The dark and gritty that Miller brought us in the ’80s is not my choice but, this looks well done.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Can’t wait for this and I do hope they do TDKR after. Bryan Cranston could almost play a young Gordon. McKenzie’s voice work is great, a cross between Rino Romano (The Batman) and Kevin Conroy (Batman:TAS/Batman Beyond/JLU), the almost whisper quality to it makes it awesomely creepy. I’m feeling the noir style voice over.

    Oh and Eliza Dushku in leather pants…mmmm yummy!

    This may be my favorite of the films next to “Under the Red Hood” when it comes out.

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed! Can’t wait to pick this one up. I’d also like to see an animated TDKR. However, I am of the opinion that Year One is a better story. I know that everyone loves TDKR and rightfully so it is awesome. I just think that the overall premise and characters in Year One are terrific. There is also a timelessness that Year One has that TDKR lacks. The ultra stylized vision and political landscape in TDKR makes it a bit silly and dated at times. I know that they are very purposefully different and stories Year One, in my opinion, is jsut a better book. That being said, bring them all on. An adaptation of Hush and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth would be amazing. Good work DC. Now, let’s start spittin’ out some note worthy live action stuff!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Can’t wait for this and I do hope they do TDKR after. Bryan Cranston could almost play a young Gordon. McKenzie’s voice work is great, a cross between Rino Romano (The Batman) and Kevin Conroy (Batman:TAS/Batman Beyond/JLU), the almost whisper quality to it makes it awesomely creepy. I’m feeling the noir style voice over.

    Oh and Eliza Dushku in leather pants…mmmm yummy!

    This may be my favorite of the films next to “Under the Red Hood” when it comes out.

  • Bam 86

    I love it!!! Can’t wait for it!!!

    BTW It’s Ben McKenzie not Brian.