Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment are really hitting it out of the park with their animated features. Earlier this year they released the impressive adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman. Today is the release date for the new Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, an anthology involving different members of the famous corps. But their upcoming feature might be the most anticipated yet, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli‘s Batman: Year One.
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.
Year One redefined the beginning of Batman an gave comic book fans a clear origin for the Dark Knight. It’s influence is even felt in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, heavily in fact. In Year One we also learn a lot about Gotham’s other famous faces, Jim Gordon for one is given plenty of screen time as this story is as much his origin as Batman’s.
The voice cast for this feature is outstanding. Batman: Year One stars Ben McKenzie as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston as James Gordon (how freakin’ perfect is this!?), Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Essen and Alex Rocco as Carmine Falcone. Seriously, Bryan Cranston is the best Gordon casting since Gary Oldman.
The worst part is waiting until later this summer for this to release. In the meantime watch this sneak peak, behind the scenes featurette with interview with the cast, Dan Didio and Bruce Timm (all bow before the DC Animation god).
Hopefully soon we’ll see some fully animated footage from the movie, until then, what do you think?