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

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”…