No one eats well when Batman’s around. That’s the lesson from this first clip from “Batman: Year One”, the latest offering in Warner and D.C.’s lucrative line of direct-to-DVD animated movies utilizing D.C.’s vast comic book vault. Though despite the vastness of said vault, sure seems like they’re only interested in doing movies with Batman and Superman. Just saying. Where’s my Flash movie? Or my Teen Titans movie? Or hey, if they really want to get daring, my Lobo movie? But I digress.
Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.
Featuring voice work by Ben McKenzie as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston as Jim Gordon, and Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, who also gets her own 15-minute short with the movie. D.C. movie/TV mainstay Bruce Timm executive produces, while D.C. animated movie vets Montgomery and Sam Liu co-directs.
“Batman: Year One” will be available on October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.