Hot on the heels of a convention season-debut for “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights,” Warner Bros. Animation has begun to roll out the plans for their next DC Universe Animated Original Movie: a feature-lenght adaptation of Frank Miller and David David Mazzucchelli’s 1986 hard-boiled comic classic “Batman: Year One.”
The Hollywood Reporter today has word on the full details of the project. Aside from a first look at stills from the feature directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu, the trade reported on the casting and creative lineup for the feature. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston’s Lt. James Gordon (years ahead of his ascent to Gotham’s Police Commissioner), joining former “The O.C.” actor Ben McKenzie as Bruce Wayne. Rounding out the vocal cast will be Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff who play Selina Kyle and Sarah Essen respectively. Alex Rocco takes on the part of mob boss Carmine Falcone in the script by Tab Murphy.
“The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it’s a pretty straight forward literal retelling,” executive producer Bruce Timm told the trade. “Mazzucchelli’s artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups.”
“I wasn’t aware of this level of storytelling in animation. I confess that freely,” Cranston added. “They didn’t give the characters the short shrift. I was stunned.”
Timm said that the film would have a debut at July’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Year One” is expected to be followed up by “Justice League: Doom” -Â an adaptation of Mark Waid and Howard Porter’s “JLA: Tower of Babel” – and according to rumors a take on Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” may be next in the offing.