Below is our first look at Warner Premiere’s upcoming animated adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel ‘Batman: Year One,’ thanks to THR.
Lending their voices to the adaptation are Benjamin McKenzie (‘Junebug’), who will be voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman; Bryan Cranston (‘Breaking Bad’) will play a young lieutenant James Gordon; Eliza Dushku (‘Dollhouse’) will star as Catwoman; Katee Sackhoff (‘Battlestar Galactica’) will be Gordon’s love interest Detective Sarah Essen and Alex Rocco lends his pipes as crime lord Carmine Falcone.
Superhero animation veteran Bruce Timm, who is exec producing ‘Batman: Year One,’ says there is very little in the movie that isn't in the comic.
"The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it's 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."
Cranston says he initially turned down the chance to work on ‘Year One,’ not even wanting to read the script. He blames it on his ignorance of the animation medium as well as the classic comics.
"I wasn't aware of this level of storytelling in animation. I confess that freely," he says. "They didn't give the characters the short shrift. I was stunned."
The movie is set to premiere at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
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