Warner Bros. has set the classic comic book story Batman: Year One as its next animated direct-to-video DC Universe feature.
The studio also announced the voice cast, with Bryan Cranston set to play Jim Gordon, Ben McKenzie as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Eliza Dushku as Catwoman, Katee Sackhoff as Detective Sarah Essen and Alex Rocco as crime lord Carmine Falcone.
The original comic book tale is written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzuchelli. It was published in 1987 as Batman #404-407 and has since become the definitive re-telling of Batman’s early crime-fighting career.
Here’s a couple of images from the project:
Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu are directing from a script by Tab Murphy. As always, Bruce Timm is executive producer on the project, which will be rated PG-13. Expect Batman: Year One to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD in the fall, with a world premiere screening to be held during Comic-Con International in San Diego in late July.
And if this weren’t enough to make Batman fans happy, there are unconfirmed rumors that Warner Bros. will follow Batman: Year One with an adaptation of Miller’s most famous Batman tale, The Dark Knight Returns.
We all know that Frank’s stories of the Dark Knight are great stories, so since Nolan’s films are blockbusters and has revived the franchise, the animation division is FINALLY going to produce DVDs of the most famous of Frank’s Batman stories. It’s about time!