D.C. Readies Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One Animated Movie

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Talk about cranking them out! D.C.’s latest entry in their ever-growing direct-to-DVD animated movie empire is yet another Batman tale, this one an adaptation of Frank Miller’s most excellent “Batman: Year One” (with art by David Mazzucchill), which surfaced in 1987 and chronicled (as the title may imply) the first year adventures of Batman, as he learns how to become a vigilante, who is his friend and who isn’t, and takes plenty of bumps and bruises along the way. If you’ve read the Miller story, you’ll notice that Christopher Nolan and his screenwriters took some inspiration from Miller’s “Year One” for “Batman Begins”, though perhaps the two projects overlapping was inevitable given the subject matter.

According to Comics Continuum, D.C. has handed the directing gig to Sam Liu, who last adapted “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” and “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” for the studio. He’s also the director of Marvel’s “Hulk Vs.”, and has an extensive animated movie/TV resume, so it looks like “Year One” is in pretty good hands.

Now if D.C. will only get someone who knows Batman really well to handle the scripting duties. Oh, I don’t know, how about Frank Miller? It is his story, after all, and I’m sure he can take a week or two off his “Xerxes” comic book to adapt. Or if not Miller, then hopefully the script will remain faithful to Miller’s arc.

Word up to Dedpool.

A panel from “Batman: Year One”…

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

    “It is his story, after all, and I’m sure he can take a week or two off his “Xerxes” comic book to adapt. Or if not Miller, then hopefully the script will remain faithful to Miller’s arc.”

    My thoughts exactly, and if they do, then he should do a “Dark Knight Returns” adaptation as well. Also if they can't get him, let Judd Winnick do it as he's the one that adapted his own “Red Hood” story for the animated feature. Also Geof Johns could do a hell of a job adapting it.

    However ComicsContinuum.com messed up it was “Crisis on Two Earths” Sam Liu directed. Great flick. But yeah definitely in good hands.

  • romeogarcia

    Great!!! The animated movies are soo cool and well make it!!! I hope they make more movies like FLASH or another GREEN LANTERN flick!!

  • ErickKwon

    Maybe I'm burned out, but between the two movies and various direct-to-video projects, I'd like to see something like “Gotham By Gaslight” or even “The Killing Joke” instead. In other words, I want my God damn “Kingdome Come” and “Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?” already! And it may be sacrilege, but I'm not the biggest fan of Frank Miller's work with the character.

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

    Not sacrilege at all. I actually am kinda teppid on the Year One Story, but Love TDKR. I hated the sequel though, and his All-Star Batman and Robin…just strange. I agree though we need some more stuff. I really want “Kingdom Come” too. And any of the other Elseworlds stories they want to do. I'd love to see “Superman:Red Son” or “Justice League:Shogun of Steel” or even updated versions of “Speeding Bullets” where Kal-El lands in the Wayne's backyard, or “Darkest Knight” where Bruce gets the ring. I think we may be getting some of our wishes eventually though because the projects are becoming more and more ambitous. Personally for a Superman story I'd love to see “Birthright” or a more cohesive version of the Loeb/Lee run. Can't remember the arc title.

  • ErickKwon

    I only know the titles you mentioned via wikipedia plot synopsis, but they all sound more intriguing than an adaptation of “Y1,” even if it is my favorite Miller/Batman work. I'm just not stoked at idea of yet another redress of the origin story after we've seen “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,” “Batman Begins,” and some segments of “Batman: Gotham Knight”. I'd love to see “Superman & Batman: Generations” which at least is open to sequels if it's successful. As for 'TDKR,” I was lucky enough to read it during the original release and it seemed to go off the rails after 2nd issue (reading “Watchmen” at roughly the same time didn't help) and “All-Star Batman and Robin” HAD to be joke or a bet, right? Miller must've read Mark Millar's “Wanted” and thought: “I can create a book with more obnoxious characters!!”

  • ErickKwon

    I only know the titles you mentioned via wikipedia plot synopsis, but they all sound more intriguing than an adaptation of “Y1,” even if it is my favorite Miller/Batman work. I'm just not stoked at idea of yet another redress of the origin story after we've seen “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,” “Batman Begins,” and some segments of “Batman: Gotham Knight”. I'd love to see “Superman & Batman: Generations” which at least is open to sequels if it's successful. As for 'TDKR,” I was lucky enough to read it during the original release and it seemed to go off the rails after 2nd issue (reading “Watchmen” at roughly the same time didn't help) and “All-Star Batman and Robin” HAD to be joke or a bet, right? Miller must've read Mark Millar's “Wanted” and thought: “I can create a book with more obnoxious characters!!”