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Batman: Year One Trailer Debuts

Just a day after Warner Bros. Animation revealed details of the accompanying Catwoman short, MTV’s Spash Page has premiered the official trailer for the animated adaptation of Batman: Year One.

Based on the acclaimed 1987 story arc by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, Batman: Year One recounts the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s career as the Dark Knight and Jim Gordon’s with the Gotham City Police Department as the two grapple with violence, corruption and crime boss Carmine “The Roman” Falcone.

Directed by Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery, the PG-13 film stars Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) as Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as James Gordon, Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Selina Kyle, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as Sarah Essen, and Alex Rocco (The Godfather) as Carmine Falcone.

The latest entry in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series will be released on Oct. 18 for DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand and digital download.


  • demoncat_4

    wicked cool. can not wait to add this to my collection .

  • Jacob

    Okay DC, we get it. You like Batman. Now howabout a Batman Beyond movie? That way, you can keep doing more Batman, without doing more Batman (so far it’s like 1/2 Batman, 1/2 everything else as far as variety goes with the DC Animated movies).

  • Daniel Scheid

    Looks good, but I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knight Returns adaption is going to look.

  • Anonymous

    You always get a few of these comments every time DC release a Batman animated movie.

     ok, so as has been reported many times in the past, WB was not happy with the numbers that the non-Batman, JLA or Superman films were making and have thus for the time being decided to limit their efforts on to those afformentioned brands which do bring in the money, Green Lantern being the exception since they’re doing a huge media push for the character.

    Now, I don’t agree with this, or that the numbers were as bad as WB make out, but that seems to be the reality of the situation at this moment in time.

    oh, btw, this film is gonna rock!

  • Jacob

    Their grand total of three (out of eleven released, fourteen total) movies that weren’t JLA, Superman, or Batman centric was enough to turn them off? They’ve hardly given it a chance! They need to put some serious creative muscle behind a JSA, Flash, Hawkman, or any other second-tier property movie. Hell, Wonder Woman is one of their most acclaimed movies. They should just do a better job promoting it. At least we still get the Showcase features.

    And that still doesn’t rule out a Batman Beyond 2. ;)

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  • Lackshmana

    Looks good. I imagine it must be hard to adapt Mazuchelli’s style to clean animation.

    But it also looks like they made Catwoman white.

    I liked that in the comic she had dark skin that gave her ethnicity a sense of ambiguity.

  • BillyWhizz

    Why would anyone want to watch this?  I don’t get it. The story is perfect as is and perfect for the medium is was released in.  It’s painful to see these candy-assed and cliched toon versions of David Mazzucchelli’s sublime art.
    Re-issue, re-issue, repackage.  Do something right or – even better – do something original.

  • M Kitchen

    This could end up being the greatest Batman movie ever!

  • Matt

    Looks like crap.  Oh well.

  • Lion_okitkat

    I am absolutely crazy about Batman Beyond. I really dig his set of villains. Inque and Curare being my favorites. That scene of Curare’s siege of the train in order to kill Barbara Gordon’s husband would make a great live action scene. 

  • B_Bedard

    I hope it is a decent length.  What is with these DC animated movies that are 70 to 80 minutes? That is way too short.  The movies need to be at least 100 minutes to be worth the cost of the DVD or Blu-ray. I would get these movies in a heartbeat if they were worth it. I just can’t justify $25 for 70 minutes.  You can buy whole TV seasons for $20.

  • Elikal Ialborcales

    Teh, if you hear some explosion, its “The Guy with Glasses”. You know how much he hates Miller. I am very skeptical about “Miller-Time” myself. Most Batman stuff from him was just awful.

  • Shaun

    Better than Batman Begins, which was essentially a retelling of Year One? Not likely.

    Of course, to me, comparing live action and animated is apples and oranges. Mostly though, I just don’t see the point of taking a perfect comics storyline and condensing into what will, once again, be an 80 minute movie.

    Oh, and no Kevin Conroy? Screw it. They lost me right there. I might borrow it from my local library, or see it if it ever turns up on Netlifx Instant, but that’s all. No need to spend money on it.

  • Shaun

    Year One and The Dark Knight Returns were awful? Don’t bogart that joint… Pass it over, because that’s some good stuff you’re smoking.

    I’ll grant you that The Dark Knight Strikes Again was crap though. I found All Star B&R to be pretty amusing ,and even a lot of fun in a stupid sort of way, but yeah… Miller’s lost his mind. I’m just glad “Holy Terror, Batman!” won’t be happening.

  • Sage Ashford

    Actually, it IS half Batman, half everything else.  Their proven seller is Batman, so the intention is to do a normal DC animated film, then a Batman film.  I read that on World’s Finest after Wonder Woman and First Flight didn’t do all that well sales-wise, so it’s been a while, but…it’s been accurate up to this point.

  • Leo_darkheart03

    Can’t wait for this!