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

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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

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  • Juggernaut

    Bruce Campbell as the voice of “Older Superman”, Mark Hamil as “Older Joker” (is there anyone else?!?!?), Kathleen Turner as the voice of Older Selina Kyle” and Clancy Brown as the voice of The Mutant Leader!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I love Hamil as the Joker but he stated “Arkham City” was his last time doing the voice, and has actually stuck to it. Sadly since this is the case he probably won’t be on but a very good second choice would be John Di Maggio who voiced Joker in “Under the Red Hood” and I think his version would make the Joker even creepier. I Love the idea of Clancy Brown as The Mutant Leader but I will go you one better, Kevin Greivoux (Raze in “Underworld”) would rock that part. And Stacy keach as Old Ollie is perfect.

      • Juggernaut

        Grevioux would be awesome!

  • Juggernaut

    Oh and Stacy Keach as “Older Oliver Queen”

  • Lexavi80

    I had no idea this was going to be an animated movie. I honestly think this would be a magnificent live action stand alone movie. Oh well!

    I honestly hope they make each part. a 2 hour movie (at the very least) so they can justify 2 movies. If they’re going for a 2 one hour movies each, then forget it. I’ll go pirat on they’re asses.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      then you better go pirate cause it’s probably an hour and fifteen minutes each. The only reason it’s two movies is they wouldn’t put out one film at 2.5 hours.

      I also agree with it being capable of being done live action. My choice for Bruce in that was Stephen Lang. For Joker I’d cast Tim Curry or Brent Spiner. Off the top of my head. I’d cast Bryan Cranston as Gordon as well.

      • Lexavi80

        Tim Curry as the Joker? I think I wet myself.

        • Juggernaut

          That was my choice when rumors first started of a possible “Return” film. I wish I could find that post. Lol. I had some good picks!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    LOOKS AMAZING!! I can’t wait for these. Great casting! Michael Ironside portrayed Bruce in an episode of “The New Batman/Superman Adventures” where kids were telling stories of what they thought Batman was like.

    I can’t wait!!!

  • X_p

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    p.s. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!