By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 20, 2011 at 7:07AM
There is perhaps no storyline as canonical within the Batman catalog as Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One." Hugely influential, as the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne's parents and tracks the young crimefighter's first steps into becoming the masked superhero. As everyone knows by now, Darren Aronofsky briefly worked on bringing it to the big screen in the early aughts, but Warner Bros. shelved the idea at the time. Well, Miller's tale is finally getting the movie treatment, though not in the form you might expect.
THR reports that Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff and Alex Rocco have been lined up to voice an animated "Batman: Year One." Lauren Montgomery ("Green Lantern: First Flight") and Sam Liu ("The Batman") are co-directing the film and fans rest easy, because they thankfully won't be mucking around with the source material.
"The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it's a pretty straight forward literal retelling," executive producer Bruce Timm told the trade. "[David] Mazzucchelli's artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups."
So who will be voicing what? McKenzie will take on Bruce Wayne; Cranston will be James Gordon; Dushku is Catwoman; Sackhoff is Sarah Essen; and Rocco will be Carmine Falcone. But expectations will be tremendously high and Warner Bros. are putting their balls in a vice, with plans to premiere the film at this summer's Comic-Con where they hope to get hearty approval from the geek faithful. After that, the PG-13 rated film will go straight to DVD this fall. Look above and below; those are some of the first stills from the production which is doing everything it can to knock it out the park. We're pretty big fans of 'Year One' and we hope it will be done justice, and so far, we like what we're seeing.