You’ve read my reviews of the animated offerings of Warner Bros. and DC before. It’s obvious I’m going to love Batman: Year One when it drops October 18th (“Coincidentally” the same day as Batman: Arkham City. Can one day contain too much, Batman? Never.). How could I love this? For one, it’s Batman. Secondly, Year One is a groundbreaking and at the same time fundamental element in the Batman mythos, a perfect choice for their slightly more adult animated features. Finally, Bruce Timm is involved, which always equals awesome.
Doubt me? Check out the first clip released today. In it, Gotham’s wealthy feast as Batman surprises them then strikes fear in their hearts the only way he knows how, lots and lots of spooky smoke. Classic Bats.
Batman: Year One stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as James Gordon, Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) as Catwoman, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as detective Sarah Essen, and animated newcomer Ben McKenzie plays Batman/Bruce Wayne. Honestly, could this cast be any better? McKenzie, who I was unsure about at first, really impressed me with this latest clip. What do you think?
Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.