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BATMAN: YEAR ONE News! Voice Casting! Rating! Pics!

Nordling here.

We reported last week in our DARK KNIGHT RETURNS article that BATMAN: YEAR ONE was being made by DC Animation for release later in the year.  Well, Hollywood Reporter has exclusive additional information on the project, and right now it's sounding more and more impressive.

According to HR, we're getting a pretty terrific cast for the animated film - Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD) for Gordon, Ben McKenzie (SOUTHLAND) as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Eliza Dushku (BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) as Catwoman, and Katee Sackhoff (BATTLESTAR: GALACTICA) as Detective Sarah Essen.

Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's YEAR ONE is considered pretty much the definitive Batman origin story, and you can see its influences all over Christopher Nolan's films as well as the other animated Batman shows.  It's beloved by Batman fans the world over, and considered one of Miller's best works.  Bruce Timm, who executive produced, said, "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."  So it's sounding like a very loyal interpretation of the source material, which should make fans very happy.

Something else that should make fans happy - it'll be PG-13, and it looks like it will be premiering at ComicCon in July before being released on DVD and Blu-Ray this fall.  I'd imagine those tickets will be hot property this year.

Here's one picture for you - go to Hollywood Reporter for the other shot:

Can't wait to see this, and I hope it's wildly successful.  Nordling, out.

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