If you’re a fan of Batman and any of his recent incarnations, you can pretty much thank Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s phenomenal storyline “Year One” for that. Running through issues #404 through #407 of Batman in 1987, the oft-collected series helped to re-establish the character’s grim and gritty origins, alongside Miller’s previous work The Dark Knight Returns, and served loosely as an inspiration for the well-reviewed but never produced Batman reboot that was slated to be helmed by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.
Now, for the first time ever, the story is receiving an animated adaptation, and features Benjamin McKenzie as Bruce Wayne/The Batman, Bryan Cranston as James Gordon, Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle and Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Essen.
The film is slated for a DVD release on October 18th, and will include a Catwoman short as the latest installment in the “DC Showcase” series of animated short features.
In addition to Batman: Year One, DC Universe Animated Originals also currently has Justice League: Doom (an adaptation of the Tower of Babel story line from JLA) and The Dark Knight Returns in production, rounding out a decidedly Batman heavy future of animated features.