As of late, Warner Bros have been supplying us with a steady stream of awesome animated features such as Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Batman: Under the Hood and Green Lantern: First Flight and the latest one announce is an adaptation of Frank Miller’s epic Batman story, Batman: Year One.
And guess what? Not only have the first couple of images been released, but also a list of notable names that will provide voice talent…and it’s a pretty cool list!
First, a little background on Batman: Year One. As the title suggests, the story is about Bruce Wayne in his first year of being Batman. Bruce returns back to Gotham from his extensive Martial Arts and various other training overseas and sets about cleaning up the city, including the local crime families and the corrupt Gotham Police Department.
Now, lets take a look at the pictures:
Pretty cool, right?
Well, there’s more. According to reports the primary cast will be made up of Bryan Cranston as Commissioner Gordon, Ben McKenzie as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Katee Sackhoff as Detective Sarah Essen (Gordon’s extramarital love interest).
My first thought is: Ben McKenzie? WTF? Isn’t it that gobshite from the OC or whatever (I’m actually ashamed at myself for knowing that)? AS FUCKING BATMAN???? Disappointed isn’t the word. Will Warner Bros never learn that they can’t have an animated Batman without Kevin Conroy doing the voice work??? That’s thrown this all up in the air for me. Of course, I’m going to watch it, but I seriously think that’s a miscast.
The others I’m pretty pleased about. I can picture Crantson as Gordon, Dushku as Catwoman and Sackhoff as Essen just fine. In fact, I think it’s good casting.
But McKenzie? WTF???
Anyways, what do you guys think? Looking forward to this? How do you think the casting list is? Please let us know in the comments section below!
Also, if you’re wondering what the hell Batman: Year One is then firstly shame on you and secondly head over amazon.com to pick it up for $8.61 – a MUST read for any Batman fan.
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