An animated version of the comic-book classic Batman: Year One is about to become a reality—and luckily for us, some BIG names are stepping up to lend their voices to the film.
According to Heat Vision, BSG's Katee Sackhoff, Dollhouse's Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame and Ben McKenzie of, er, The O.C. have all landed roles in the long-awaited adaptation of Frank Miller's classic four-issue comic-book tale, which went on to become one of the key graphic novels in the Batman canon and a comic-book milestone in its own right.
The story, which was drawn by David Mazzucchelli and followed shortly after Miller's other landmark work The Dark Knight Returns, details the early days of Bruce Wayne's battle against Gotham City crime as the Caped Crusader.
Many elements of the story, such as Wayne's return to Gotham after years abroad, the seeds of Batman's friendship with Jim Gordon (newly transferred to Gotham in the book) and the parasitic relationship between the city's cops and underworld bosses, found their way into Christopher Nolan's films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Cranston will voice Gordon, whose role in the story is as big as Batman's, while McKenzie will play the young vigilante. Sackhoff will portray Detective Sarah Essen, a partner of Gordon's with whom he begins an affair, while Dushku will voice Selina Kyle/Catwoman, who is reimagined in Miller's tale as a prostitute who follows in Wayne's crimefighting footsteps. Alex Rocco will appear as crime boss Carmine Falcone.
The film will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray this fall but will make its debut at this July's Comic-Con. The movie is the 12th animated film in the popular DC Universe series from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.
Executive producer Bruce Timm promises a faithful adaptation of the comic, saying, "The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it's a pretty straightforward 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."
Sounds awesome to us, and those DC Universe movies so far have been mostly terrific. Do you think this team will do justice to Batman: Year One?