Today, The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive scoop on the voice casting for Warner Bros. and DC‘s 12th animated feature, Batman: Year One. The super successful string of animated films have stretched from movies set in their animated series’ universes to features of a more adult nature, like Batman: Gotham Knight and Under the Red Hood. This adaptation of Batman: Year One will suffer the most critiquing since Year One was, and is, such a ground breaking comic. Frank Miller‘s re-telling of the Dark Knight’s origins set the tone for Batman’s stories for years to come. So how’s the cast shaping up? Pretty damn good.
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle), whose star is seriously lighting up right now, has been cast as Commissioner Gordon; Ben McKenzie (Southland) is Bruce Wayne/Batman; Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling) will be Catwoman and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galatica) is Sarah Essen, Gordon’s love interest.
Batman: Year One will be directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu; Tab Murphy penned the script. Bruce Timm is returning as executive producer and mentiones the faithfulness of the adaptation,
The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it’s a pretty straight forward literal retelling. Mazzucchelli’s artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups.
Geeky Tyrant posted the film’s synopsis,
A young Bruce Wayne has spent his adolescence and early adulthood, traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city. Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses a guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham.
I remember absolutely loving the building of Gordon’s and Batman’s relationship, it’s a pinnacle theme of the book. I’m positive Cranston will be incredible as Gordon, and Sackhoff and Dushku as these two tough women, this could be real good. McKenzie is the only one I’m unsure of, I just not familiar enough with his work. Do you guys have confidence in what he can bring to the Dark Knight?
Also, make to sure to click the jump for a larger version of the exclusive image above as well as another hi-res screen shot from the animated feature. Batman: Year One is rated PG-13 and is set to release this fall. In July at Comic-Con expect to see the world premiere.