Peter Weller Leads Batman’s The Dark Knight Returns Animated Cast, First Images

Peter Weller in ODYSSEY 5Yes, I said movies. D.C. and Warner Brothers Premiere are adapting Frank Miller’s seminal Batman tale, “The Dark Knight Returns” into an animated movie, and instead of cramming the dense, 4-issue tome into one movie (as they are wont to do), the tale will instead be split into a two-parter, with Part 1 scheduled for this Fall and Part 2 in 2013.

We also now have the first casting for the film, with “Robocop’s” Peter Weller scheduled to voice an aging Bruce Wayne/Batman, and “Modern Family’s” Ariel Winter as the new Robin, this time envisioned as a spunky young girl name Carrie.

Besides those two, the cast will include David Selby, “Prison Break’s” Wade Williams as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the psychiatrist who releases a “reformed” Joker from Arkham Asylum, only to see the villain, as expected, return to his killing ways.

Jay Oliva will direct “The Dark Knight Returns”, Frank Miller’s gritty, grim, and very adult take on the vigilante, which finds the Caped Crusader retired and living in a near-future Gotham City. Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a superhero movie if he stayed retired, so pretty soon Batman is at it again, but this time he’s a lot older and more prone to, well, aches and pains. Besides Two-Face and The Joker, the Batman must also face off against an army of “Mutants”, as well as a certain Big Blue Boy Scout to close things out.

It will be very interesting how much of the story is kept and how much is excised. Miller really crammed a lot into those four issues, including a fantastic finale between D.C.’s two most iconic heroes. Being that Warner and D.C. owns both Superman and Batman, and the duo have appeared in each other’s original animated movies over the years, there shouldn’t be any issues with the story’s climax. Right?

Plus, here are your first images from the upcoming movie’s first part:

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Via : THR