Batman: Year One
Early in “Batman: Year One”, Bruce Wayne attempts to fight crime — and promptly gets his ass handed to him by some hookers. Hey, it’s the guy’s first time out, this stuff will happen. A great primer on the beginnings of a legendary vigilante career, the animated “Batman: Year One” is a fantastically faithful adaptation of the Frank Miller comic book storyline that tracks the beginnings of the Caped Crusader’s career. At the same time, the storyline traces the path of Commissioner Gordon (then just a Lieutenant) as he arrives in the cesspool that is Gotham City, and his own war against a corrupt Gotham City police department. Watching “Batman: Year One” is like reading the comic book story arc page by page, but you won’t have to explain to your girlfriend why you’re reading an old comic book from the ’80s.