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Batman: Year One looking to become an animated feature?

06.09.2010
Frank Miller and David Mazzucchilli's seminal work "Batman: Year One" was almost adapted back in 2000 by Darron Aronofsky in what would've been a very divergent but interesting take on the early days of the Caped Crusader. It never happened, but we eventually got Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS, and eventually, THE DARK KNIGHT. So it didn't turn out all bad (though I would've certainly given anything to see Darren's take at the time).

But if what Comics Continuum is reporting is true, it looks like we may get Year One in some form: Animated form! Here's their report:

Batman: Year One, the comic-book story by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchilli, is being adapted into one of Warner Home Video's DC Universe animated movies, The Continuum has learned. According to sources, the film will be directed by Sam Liu, who co-directed Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Warner Bros. did not confirm the film's existence. The studio has not commented on projects until their announced release.

Sam Liu also directed the recent SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES which, even whilst heavily not sober, I could tell wasn't really all that (certainly not anywhere near the level of Bruce Timm's Batman: The Animated Series anyway). But hey, who knows?! I wouldn't mind being surprised by a cool adaptation. What say you guys?
Extra Tidbit: Year One's cool, but I'm a Long Halloween guy myself.

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6:31PM on 06/11/2010
I dug "Bats/Supes: Public Enemies" myself, and thought "Crisis On Two Earths" was pretty good too. Nothing except Batman Beyond has really risen to the level of Bruce Timm's "B:TAS"..
I dug "Bats/Supes: Public Enemies" myself, and thought "Crisis On Two Earths" was pretty good too. Nothing except Batman Beyond has really risen to the level of Bruce Timm's "B:TAS"..
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5:57PM on 06/11/2010

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This is an idea whose time has passed like these guys say:
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This is an idea whose time has passed like these guys say:
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9:29PM on 06/09/2010

AWESOME

Lookin forward to REDHOOD and would also like to see THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, THE KILLING JOKE and LONG HALLOWEEN made into animated features.
Lookin forward to REDHOOD and would also like to see THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, THE KILLING JOKE and LONG HALLOWEEN made into animated features.
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9:03PM on 06/09/2010

I agree with the extra tidbit

The Long Halloween is completely awesome. Though Year 1 is still really good, and an animated adaptation could be really cool.
The Long Halloween is completely awesome. Though Year 1 is still really good, and an animated adaptation could be really cool.
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6:44PM on 06/09/2010
These animated batman films are hit or miss for me. For the record, Aronofsky had some strange ideas for his year one movie. Alfred was a black mechanic, the batmobile was a fancy lincoln continental or something. I love Aronofsky as a director, but we are very lucky we got Nolan instead.
These animated batman films are hit or miss for me. For the record, Aronofsky had some strange ideas for his year one movie. Alfred was a black mechanic, the batmobile was a fancy lincoln continental or something. I love Aronofsky as a director, but we are very lucky we got Nolan instead.
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5:00PM on 06/09/2010

polarboy

"I really like the way you 'demanded' attention there."

Try making sense next time, dumbshit.
"I really like the way you 'demanded' attention there."

Try making sense next time, dumbshit.
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2:33AM on 06/10/2010
Woah, Grumpy, try to relax a lil'...why the hostility? You said Kevin Conroy is lame. Most fans of Batman think otherwise. He is, arguably, THE voice of Batman. You saying otherwise earned you -17 (and counting). So technically, you just demanded / attracted attention to your comment. Was that clear enough, genius? Was that sensible enough? That's as clear as I can get, fella. Sorry if it's too much.
Woah, Grumpy, try to relax a lil'...why the hostility? You said Kevin Conroy is lame. Most fans of Batman think otherwise. He is, arguably, THE voice of Batman. You saying otherwise earned you -17 (and counting). So technically, you just demanded / attracted attention to your comment. Was that clear enough, genius? Was that sensible enough? That's as clear as I can get, fella. Sorry if it's too much.
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4:31PM on 06/09/2010

Well

at least we won't have to worry about Christian Bale. ;)
at least we won't have to worry about Christian Bale. ;)
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4:19PM on 06/09/2010
We've gotten enough breaks from mediocre actors doing Batman voiceovers. None have been as good as Conroy.
We've gotten enough breaks from mediocre actors doing Batman voiceovers. None have been as good as Conroy.
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3:28PM on 06/09/2010

Curious

Who the Conroy haters would prefer?
Who the Conroy haters would prefer?
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12:12PM on 06/09/2010
Yes
Yes
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11:04AM on 06/09/2010

Awesome if they do it right...

I'm all for an animated treatment of one of my favorite Batman stories, but with some provisions. First, DC's animated productions need to drop the really colorful palette and use Mazzucchilli's palette... it shouldn't be flashy and it shouldn't be bright. Second, they need to keep the superhero cameos to a minimum- there weren't any other than passing mentions of Metropolis in the original. I'm not saying it needs to be R-rated, just respect the original source material.

P.S. Long Halloween
I'm all for an animated treatment of one of my favorite Batman stories, but with some provisions. First, DC's animated productions need to drop the really colorful palette and use Mazzucchilli's palette... it shouldn't be flashy and it shouldn't be bright. Second, they need to keep the superhero cameos to a minimum- there weren't any other than passing mentions of Metropolis in the original. I'm not saying it needs to be R-rated, just respect the original source material.

P.S. Long Halloween and Arkham Asylum are my favorites... could you imagine Arkham Asylum as a movie?!
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10:59AM on 06/09/2010

Gotham Knight Style!

I'd love to see this gig. If they make it close to some of the episodes in Gotham Knight, it could turn out to be pretty cool. Dark, gritty, violent, but all Batman! Can't wait for this, and Under The Red Hood looks effin' fantastic. How cool is the Bat...no, really?
I'd love to see this gig. If they make it close to some of the episodes in Gotham Knight, it could turn out to be pretty cool. Dark, gritty, violent, but all Batman! Can't wait for this, and Under The Red Hood looks effin' fantastic. How cool is the Bat...no, really?
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9:29AM on 06/09/2010

This is gonna suck...

One of the best Batman stories is gonna get a half-assed animation treatment. They could easily find a great director/producre for this project (not Bruce Timm... thanks for TAS, but this is bigger than that) that could hit it out of the ballpark. Everyone would win... quality work here would make it a long-lasting hit, and possibly trigger a series of adapted classic batman stories.
One of the best Batman stories is gonna get a half-assed animation treatment. They could easily find a great director/producre for this project (not Bruce Timm... thanks for TAS, but this is bigger than that) that could hit it out of the ballpark. Everyone would win... quality work here would make it a long-lasting hit, and possibly trigger a series of adapted classic batman stories.
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8:44AM on 06/09/2010
The Long Halloween has brilliant art by Jim Lee but the story is too unfocused.
The Long Halloween has brilliant art by Jim Lee but the story is too unfocused.
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9:26AM on 06/09/2010
Long Halloween has brilliant art by TIM SALE.
Long Halloween has brilliant art by TIM SALE.
9:26AM on 06/09/2010
Jim Lee did not do the art for Long Halloween (That was Tim Sale). I believe you are thinking of Hush.
Jim Lee did not do the art for Long Halloween (That was Tim Sale). I believe you are thinking of Hush.
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8:28AM on 06/09/2010

Nice

This is a great idea.

P.s. Nolan's Batman Begins > Aronofsky's Year One (what could've been)
This is a great idea.

P.s. Nolan's Batman Begins > Aronofsky's Year One (what could've been)
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7:12AM on 06/09/2010

I just read this!

I honestly don't think it would be necessary as the Nolan films took some of the best aspects of Batman: Year One and incorporated then into Batman Begins ...

But hell! I do love me some Batman 'toons, so bring it on!

I am also pretty excited for Batman: Under The Red Hood that is coming out in July. [link] Good stuff!
I honestly don't think it would be necessary as the Nolan films took some of the best aspects of Batman: Year One and incorporated then into Batman Begins ...

But hell! I do love me some Batman 'toons, so bring it on!

I am also pretty excited for Batman: Under The Red Hood that is coming out in July. [link] Good stuff!
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6:30AM on 06/09/2010
Anyone but Conroy. He's lame.
Anyone but Conroy. He's lame.
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10:55AM on 06/09/2010
I really like the way you 'demanded' attention there. Well played, Paulie.
I really like the way you 'demanded' attention there. Well played, Paulie.
6:24AM on 06/09/2010
I'd love a new Batman voice for once. Conroy was excellent, but it's time for a change.
I'd love a new Batman voice for once. Conroy was excellent, but it's time for a change.
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8:49AM on 06/09/2010
What are you on about? Kevin Conroy hasn't done the voice regularly for ages. In these animated films Batman/Bruce Wayne has also been played by Jeremy Sisto, Bruce Greenwood, and William Baldwin. the change you want is there, if you pay attention.
What are you on about? Kevin Conroy hasn't done the voice regularly for ages. In these animated films Batman/Bruce Wayne has also been played by Jeremy Sisto, Bruce Greenwood, and William Baldwin. the change you want is there, if you pay attention.
5:58AM on 06/09/2010
Bring back Conroy for it and I'm all in.
Bring back Conroy for it and I'm all in.
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