A behind-the-scenes feature on the just-released Green Lantern: Emerald Knights has already made its way online, providing a first look at the next direct-to-video project from the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, Batman: Year One.
Warner Bros. Animation released a pair of stills from the adaptation in April, but this video delves into how the directors, producers and actors brought Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s well-regarded 1987 story to life. Of particular interest is how co-directors Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery tried to remain as faithful as possible to Mazzucchelli’s art, in some instances even using the actual comic-book panels.
One tripping point for fans may be the casting of The O.C. star Ben McKenzie as the voice of Bruce Wayne. Granted, Kevin Conroy has become so closely associated with the role over the past decade that any other actor takes some getting used to, but McKenzie … well, see for yourselves. The cast also includes Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as James Gordon, Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Selina Kyle, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as Sarah Essen, and Alex Rocco (The Godfather) as Carmine Falcone.
Batman: Year One is set for release in September.