First Images from BATMAN: YEAR ONE; Voice Cast Announced; Film Will Premiere at Comic-Con

     April 20, 2011


Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, and Katee Sackhoff will provide voice work to Warner Premiere’s upcoming animated adaptation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s acclaimed graphic novel Batman: Year OneHeat Vision reports that Cranston will voice a young liutenant James Gordon, while McKenzie is Wayne/Batman. Dushku will provide the voice for Catwoman, and Sackhoff is Gordon’s love interest, Detective Sarah Essen.  The PG-13 feature is set to stick fairly close to the comic with executive producer Bruce Timm revealing, “It 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.”

You can check out the first images from the film after the jump.  Batman: Year One will hit stores this fall but will make its debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Images via THR.



Here’s the synopsis for 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.

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  • Una Healy

    I hope Ben McKenzie does more mainstream movies from now on. I thought that he had a promising career ahead of him when he was on The O.C.
    Why did they bother making this? It has only been six years since Batman Begins came out.

    • broski

      Hmm I don’t know, maybe because Batman: Year One is arguably the greatest Batman story ever told (next to The Dark Knight Returns of course) and has long been overdue for an animated adaptation? Batman Begins, while great, isn’t the definitive take on Batman’s first few months in Gotham…Batman: Year One is.

  • Wolstenholme

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t this initially reported as being The Dark Knight Returns..

    Also, I really f*cking hate this trend of anime style animation for american superheroes…what happened to the good cartoons like Batman The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures or Batman Beyond

    • JLC

      The Dark Knight Returns announcement referenced this project and said it would be similar in that it would stick closely to the look and feel of the comic. I think TDKR is a couple years down the line.

    • tom

      I know, right? I hate seeing these iconic characters drawn very puny.

    • Ccraw

      Agreed on the animation!

    • Collider Troll Killer

      Um have you read Year One? The artwork is pretty damn close to this, you dumb bag of dicks. Go back to aintitcool you ignorant fuck.

    • broski

      It isn’t “anime style” animation you dumbass…if you’ve read Year One, you’d know they’re paying homage to David Mazzucchelli’s fantastic artwork from the book.

  • pussy galore

    I hope they do Superman Earth One. That would be nice.

  • Migz13

    Looks good. When it comes to Batman DTV movies, I think DC have yet to make a lame one. All of the bat-movies from Phantasm, Gotham Knight and Red Hood have been all good comic book movies for me.

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  • Pxvel

    I agree that not every animated movie/series has to be made copying anime style but this is not the case, what Warner Animation is doing is just an homage to David Mazzucchelli’s style. If you read BYO you’ll see the similarity.

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  • Chester Whelks

    Looks like it was done in Flash. This better be good.

    • broski

      What do you mean it looks like it was done in Flash? You can’t really judge the animation from seeing two stills. So far this looks very in line with DC Animation’s past few films and the style itself is very reminiscent of David Mazzucchelli’s artwork from the book. I have no doubt that it will be good.

  • the mayor

    American animation sucks! Everybody looks like triangles! Who likes that? Outside of the pointy hair thing in anime, the quality of movement is far superior!

    • SuperSeanski

      What are you talking about. Americans are drawn like circles, very LARGE circles. LOL

  • The Train!

    why isn’t Kevin Conroy involved with this project?

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  • TeeSwaga

    Wow, I like this so far lol. I’ll truly judge it from the animation. Also, from what I’ve seen about the “anime style” I honestly don’t know what you’re talking about. Anime was inspired by American cartoons in the first place soo…. in actuality, this is purely just our American Art Style evolving. The Comic books had it amazing, now the Animation is finally starting to catch up. This isn’t even “anime: my friends.. it’s good art work and hopefully great animation :D! I’m looking forward to this >:D!

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