Batman: Year One presses ahead

News Simon Brew 21 Apr 2011 - 07:04

An animated movie of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One will be arriving on DVD before the end of the year. And the voice cast has now been announced, too…

If you cast your minds back to the pre-Christopher Nolan era of Batman, then you might recall that Darren Aronofsky was once heavily linked with rebooting the Batman franchise. He worked on developing the story of Batman: Year One for the big screen, before Warner Bros eventually went with Nolan and pressed on with Batman Begins.

But it can't just be us that held out a little bit of hope that Aronofsky might have been tempted to look again at Year One once Nolan has completed his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises.

But that's clearly not going to happen. The reason? Well, aside from Aronofsky being unlikely to get the call from Warner Bros, the Batman: Year One project has now been tackled in animated form.

Telling the story of a young Bruce Wayne as he embarks on his career as a vigilante with a suit, the Frank Miller-penned story debuted in 1987, and remains one of the most acclaimed Batman stories of all time.

Bringing it to the small screen, for the movie is going straight to DVD later this year, are Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu, who are directing the film. Tab Murphy has penned the screenplay.

The voice cast, meanwhile, will feature Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Katee Sackhoff, Alex Rocco and Eliza Dushku, and the film will get its premiere at Comic-Con in the US this year.

More at The Hollywood Reporter, here.

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