First Trailer for DC Universe Animated Original Batman: Year One
07.08.11 by Ryan
With The Dark Knight Rises not opening until December 2012, there's an upcoming movie to help fill the void: the direct-to-DVD Batman: Year One. MTV just debuted the movie's first trailer.
Based on the 1987 Batman comic book story arc written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, Batman: Year One is considered by many to be the origin story for Batman, and is regarded as one of the best Batman storylines ever. Elements of the seminal work were used in director Christopher Nolan's first Batman movie, Batman Begins, including the characters of mobster Carmine Falcone (played by Tom Wilkinson), Gotham Police Commissioner Loeb (played by Colin McFarlane in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight), and the corrupt Detective Flass (played by Mark Boone Jr.). The comic book arc also included the character of Catwoman, who will finally be featured in Nolan's Batman universe in The Dark Knight Rises.
Batman: Year One was co-directed by Sam Liu (All-Star Superman, Thor: Tales of Asgard) and Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman). Releasing animated movies of characters receiving upcoming big-screen adaptions has been common practice amongst DC Entertainment and Marvel Studios, with DC's latest movie, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (co-directed by Montgomery) released a week before Green Lantern hit theaters.
DC Universe Animated Original Movies' Batman: Year One will be available Oct. 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand, and for download, and will make its premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22. The voice cast includes Benjamin McKenzie (TNT's Southland) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad) as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff (SyFy's Battlestar Galactica) as Sarah Essen, and Eliza Dushku (Fox's canceled Dollhouse) as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. The disc will also include an animated short featuring Catwoman.