‘Batman: Year One’ Voice Cast & First Images Revealed

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Batman Year One voice cast Batman: Year One Voice Cast & First Images Revealed

While the DC Universe animated features have been kind of hit (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and miss (All-Star Superman) up to now, there are some heavily-anticipated entries on the way – especially the Frank Miller comic book adaptations, The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One.

Now the voice cast has been revealed for Year One – which will premiere in July at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con – along with the first two images from the traditionally-animated feature.

Here is the lowdown on Miller’s original 1987 four-issue story arc, “Batman: Year One”:

A young Bruce Wayne spent his adolescence and early adulthood traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city.

Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses the guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham.

Heat Vision has learned that Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) will provide the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston lending his vocals to Gordon. Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) is voicing Detective Sarah Essen, and Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) will voice Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Alex Rocco (Moe Greene from The Godfather) is rounding out the cast as the voice of Carmine Falcone.

Check out the first images from Batman: Year One below:

Batman Year One Movie Batman: Year One Voice Cast & First Images Revealed

Batman Year One Frank Miller movie Batman: Year One Voice Cast & First Images Revealed

Tab Murphy (Superman/Batman:Apocalypse) penned the script for Year One, which is being directed by Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths). Miller’s original novel lends itself nicely to a film adaptation – something Year One executive producer/superhero animation expert Bruce Timm is all too glad to point out as well:

“The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it’s a pretty straight forward literal retelling. [David] Mazzucchelli’s artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups.”

Miller’s original Year One storyline – along with his Dark Knight Returns – were both pivotal in establishing the dark, gritty, and sometimes graphic tone that prevails in Batman comic books today. Whether the movie adaptation will be as successful as its source material, or seem more like one of its numerous poor imitations, remains to be seen.

Batman: Year One is scheduled for release on Blu-ray and DVD this fall on September 27th.

Source: THR

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  1. This news is very exciting to me. Batman: Year One has always been my favorite Batman story (yes, I prefer it to The Dark Knight Returns). My initial impression is that they are doing a great job emulating David Mazzucchelli’s artwork, as well as Richmond Lewis’ color palate.

  2. There is only one Batman voice and it’s Kevin Conroy.


    • …not really. There have been and will continue to be many Batman actors (voice, et al). Ben McKenzie has the right voice to play a younger, inexperienced Bruce/Bats.

      • It was my opinion. Not fact.

        It’s like Curly Joe will never be Curly.

        • Oh, I wasn’t judging…I simply gave my opinion on the matter in response to your definitive phrasing :)

        • agreed. conroy does have the best voice for batman. don’t really care for the others i’ve heard. curly joe is a disgrace though. wouldn’t say that about any of the batman voices. larry fine was a god!!!!!!!

    • And actually I agree with you Nautius, it’s like Mark Hamill will always be Joker in my mind. No one can change that for me. No matter who they cast.

    • Agreed. Why isn’t Conroy in this? Call me spoiled by his talent but that man IS Batman. I refuse to watch any Batman animation without him voicing. Yes, I haven’t seen under the Red Hood. This may be my first exception not watching a Conroy-less animation since I loved Year One and it looks good so far.

    • Agreed, when Batman is animated he should be voiced by Kevin Conroy.

  3. I hope Ben McKenzie does more mainstream movies from now on. I thought that he had a promising career ahead of him when he was on The O.C.
    Why did they bother making this? It has only been six years since Batman Begins came out.

    • This story came out well before “Batman Begins” and is an excellent tale, deserving of some kind of production. That’s why :)

  4. Very cool. The images look very clean and the tone seems just right. I agree, Year One is my favorite Batman book.

  5. I wish Marvel could hire these same artist. Looks very good from the images.

  6. I can’t wait for this to come out.

  7. September boo I want it now. Can’t wait the pics look good.

  8. It was a great graphic novel and it looks to be a well done adaptation.

    • It was a great comic.

      It originally appeared in issues #404 to #407 of DC Comics’ Batman comic title in 1987.

      There have been several reprints of the story: a hardcover, multiple trade paperback editions (one in standard comics paper with simpler coloring and one deluxe version with rich detailing in the colors — both colored by Richmond Lewis) and it has been included in The Complete Frank Miller Batman hardcover.

      It was never a graphic novel.

      • Technically collection trade paperbacks are called graphic novels. so technically he is right. Go in to a book store and go to the Graphic Novel section. You’ll find it there.

        In fact just a few years ago DC’s official site had it listed as a graphic novle. It’s what collected editions are called now.

        • Meh its what they call them to get more money out of people.

          Graphic Novel is being thrown around like its something special (like it use to be) when it no longer is.

          As you stated they are Trade Paperbacks that are being called Graphic Novels.

          • Some in the comics community have objected to the term, “graphic novel” on the grounds that it is unnecessary, or that its usage has been corrupted by commercial interests. Writer Alan Moore believes, “It’s a marketing term … that I never had any sympathy with. The term ‘comic’ does just as well for me. … The problem is that ‘graphic novel’ just came to mean ‘expensive comic book’ and so what you’d get is people like DC Comics or Marvel Comics — because ‘graphic novels’ were getting some attention, they’d stick six issues of whatever worthless piece of crap they happened to be publishing lately under a glossy cover and call it The She-Hulk Graphic Novel….”

            (source Wikipedia – Graphic Novel from The Alan Moore Interview: Northampton / “Graphic novel”)

          • Actually, I still see the term “trade paperback” used quite often…certainly for ordering purposes. “Graphic novel” has become much more familiar, but that’s as much because a lot more stories that move away from typical (or ARCHEtypical) comics as the idea that the term is simply being more widely applied.

            I don’t see any particular problem or reason for irritation about such things…Alan Moore’s ever-boiling anger aside (yes, he’s a great writer, but he’s NOT always right about the world around him; frequently, he comes across as a blowhard, in fact).

            • I agree to a degree. However he is correct in his ranting with regards to the term and use of “Graphic Novel” by the publishers. (IMO)

              A graphic novel was always (when it first appeared) a new self contained story arc.

              A trade paperback was a reprint of stories contained for easier reading.

              To take something that has been printed before (panel for panel) slap it together then call it a Graphic Novel reeks of money grubbing.

              Considering some people may see it as a new story, purchase it then realize hey Ive read these before.

              As an FYI, Im not bashing trade paperbacks. They are a great way to finish off a stoyline if you missed an issue or be able to revisit stories from original issues you do not want to unbaggie/rebaggie/risk damaging.

              They are not however graphic novels.

          • Sorry but I have no problem with it. In fact I encourage them using Graphic Novel for both. I find it less confusing and IMO it’s much better to have a single name for these things. I don’t at all think it’s simply to make money and I don’t think it’s something that boosts sells at all. Doesn’t make sense to me that it would be the reason. Especially since my expience is that people would much rather buy the collection of single comic issues gathered in to a ‘graphic novel’ rather than what you actually call a graphic novel. It helps keep up continuity for those who are sick of reading 5 pages of a comic and waiting a month to get another 5.

            Also it’s never that I’ve seen been random issues that happen to follow a number sequence. It’s always been a complete story things like Knightfall, Hush, and RIP. Are all in ‘Graphic Novel’ format.

            I think it’s a pointless thing to go around correcting people especially when your correction isn’t even technically accurate anymore by today’s standards and really especially considering that it’s an unimportant issue. Bringing up Alan Moore doesn’t help your point much. He’s written some great stories, but he’s a complete nut job absolutely insane. That’s like saying “Even Gary Bousy agrees with me”

            • Its less confusing for you? Ahh now I understand. You shouldnt have to worry about it if it is a new story or not. Just pick it up and hope its not already part of your collection.

              Just remember I can call you Frank so its not to confusing for me. However does it make you Frank?

              “Also it’s never that I’ve seen been random issues that happen to follow a number sequence. It’s always been a complete story things like Knightfall, Hush, and RIP. Are all in ‘Graphic Novel’ format.”

              Why are you calling it Graphic Novel FORMAT? If they are not technically different? It is either a Graphic Novel or it is a trade paperback (which is somewhat like a Graphic Novel). Thanks for proving the point that you know the difference and there is a difference.

              If it helped continuity the whole series would be like that. Again I guess some peoples attention span cant make it issue to issue.

              As for Alan Moore is this you clinical opinion? Or maybe you could quote someone else in the comic business that is more… sane then he proving your point?

              If it were so unimportant you would not have commented on it.

              Technically they are not the same so technically it is not a Graphic Novel. Thanks again.

              • Yes it’s less confusing. Because to get a complete continuity story these days you have to be subscriped to four different comics. . It’s not only less confusing but cheaper as well. I can get four different series that are important to a story in one graphic novel for only 19.99 usually.

                I never have to worry if it’s an original story or if I have it. I only buy graphic novels and don’t focus on single issue comics anymore. IMO it’s a waste of money to pay 3.99 for a 5 page story. It’s also a waste to have to subscribe to four different comic books just to get a single story especially when your a Batman fan like my self.

                It shouldn’t confuse anyone if they have even a small IQ. There is a name right on the Graphic Novel. It says Batman Knightfall. Or Batman Killing Joke. If you have already read Knightfall and still buy the Knightfall graphic novel expecting something new than you have problems. Heck some are starting to move to a Vol 1 and Vol 2 format to help the slower people in the crowd.

                The Frank analogy doesn’t really work. If you think about it for more than five seconds. Do Frank and I look exactly and I mean exactly alike ? Because Graphic Novels and as you like to call them trade paperbacks do. Is there only two names in the world Frank and Daniel? Nope. There are millions of distinct people who look and act nothing alike and calling them by the same name would actually create more confusion than it would fix. Imagine being in a bar with friends all named frank and your trying to talk to one of. Graphic novles also can’t respond to you and converse with you.

                I called it Graphic Novel format for your benefit. I was trying to be polite which you clearly have no intention of doing since you’ve decided to go the rude and insulting route with your reply.

                I think anyone with even a little sanity can recognize that Alan Moore is nuts at least these days. Read a quote from him or look at where his life is right now. The guy is buy a tin foil hat hide away in the woods and drink your own urine crazy.

                This is the internet and it’s a movie/tv show site with a comment section. Just about everything we talk about here is pretty darn unimportant but we comment. It’s like a conversation not every thing you talk about is important sometimes your just bored and decide to offer your opinion on a subject. Not that you know what that word means.

                • Yet it is not a Graphic Novel that you purchase.

                  You misinterput as you always do. Have you not picked up a so called “graphic novel” that was already part of your collection? That is what I was stating in my first paragraph. You are either a casual reader (just pick up stuff here and there for “story”) or you are a collector. Which you would then tend to pick up each individual UNIQUE issue to include Graphic Novels. Trade paperbacks (which you describe) are for those casual readers and or collectors that do not want to read the originals.

                  So yes it is confusing to some. Especially new collectors or casual readers that think they have picked up a Graphic Novel when in fact it is just a trade paperback.

                  So you are a casual reader of Batman and not a collector of the comics. As the trade paperbacks do not cover every printed issue. And the Graphic Novels are self contained non reprinted stories so you wont/cant see the difference.

                  You and Frank could look similar but be different. Just like a trade paperback and Graphic Novel. They DO look similar. They are color in a comic format, have a particular main character. Yet they are different. One is a reprint of stories and the other is not. Pretty big difference when you get down to it.

                  Alan Moore can be crazy as a loon. Does that make his opinion on a matter wrong or incorrect?

                  Thats the issue I have. It is not a graphic novel. It may LOOK like a graphic novel but it is not. You may look like Frank but you are not. So to call it something it is no is wrong, right?

              • You are being mighty high about comics being called “Graphic Novels”.
                Please do not quote wikipedia, even if its Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman or what have you. It lends no credibility to your argument and you come across as overly sensitive on this topic.

                The bottom line is what “Graphic Novel” -meant- almost 30 years ago now was a subtle to way to re-assure the masses that “graphic works of fiction” do not need to be called “comic books”. A Will Eisner fable or one from Art Spiegelman would not be viewed as a “Comic Book” and face a stigmata that was largely prevailing even post “Seduction of the Innocent” melodrama.

                It’s ultimately a term, regardless how much -you personally dislike- was something that allowed the comic book medium to mature, endure and even survive the market crash of the 90s, and there’s no denying the dollar stealing potential that was introduced in the late 90s anime craze that still manages to sell tankobans in the hundred thousands today (in and of itself, facing another market crash).

                But not to get too side tracked here, there is no reason for you to care nor judge nor label what “can” and “cannot” be called a “Graphic Novel”, “TPB” or “comic”, this is just a pointless debate as to whether or not a Japanese animation should be called “anime” or a “cartoon”.

                Call it what you want and let others do the same. All definitions apply to their perspective medium.

                • Please do not pretend to be in a position to tell me what to quote or not to quote. It places you in a position to think of yourself as high and mighty.
                  It lends quite a bit of credibility as these are people that work for the industry. Why ask a world reknowned Chef about comics and graphic novels when you can go to a source closer?

                  No I tend to disagree. It did not allow the industry to mature. Please look at your numbers. The industry itself relies on those same people from 30 years ago as new blood supporting it has slowed to a trickle. No more do you have “kids” buying comics.

                  “All definitions apply to their perspective medium.”

                  What? So a novel is a comic book just because it tells a story? An apple is an apple. An orange is an orange. They are both fruits yet different.

                  A graphic novel is not a trade paperback or a comic. They are all readable mediums with pictures yet different.

                  But not to get to sidetracked here there should be no reason for you to care what I care about. If you have a discussion to discuss about the topic at hand then thats great. However if we were to comply with your tohughts of people not caring about things then we wouldnt be having any of these discussion here in the first place.

                  • Holy cow, is there an actual serious argument here over the definition of “graphic novel.” Let’s back up from the trees to see the forest, guys.


                    • meh its a slight pet peeve of mine. There is a big difference between the mediums. Others do not share my…. passion. 😀

  9. This should be really good. Ben McKenzie should do well. He’s awesome on Southland.

  10. give us the killing joke i say!!!

    • id love to see the killing joke brought to dc animation also, but Id much rather see one of the other Dc characters brought to Dc Animation, I loved the Specter short and the other shorts.

  11. What about Camelot 3000 as an animated feature?

    • That would make for an excellent mini/micro-series. Just making it a feature would cut too much content.

  12. wtf Ben Mckenzie ? Are you serious? DC’s animated films have been awful at voice casting Batman with out Conroy. They can’t even make a semi decent choice? Looks to be another crappy Batman cartoon just like Red Hood

    • Who is Ben McKenzie?

      Anyway, Daniel, not everyone agrees with you. I, for example, have enjoyed the different voice actors for the different animated Batman (and Batman-featuring) films. Since they’re all different worlds, I think they SHOULD sound different, and I HAVE liked the chosen voices. Yes, Kevin Conroy is THE Batman voice of choice, but he can’t be Batman forever…or even all the time right now. Thankfully, for the most part, the voices IMO have matched up fairly well.

      • It’s possible not everyone agrees with me? Thank god it’s My opinion then other wise that might matter a little bit.

        IMO They have all been awful. The worst being Under The Red Hood Batman. By the way I’m perfectly fine with using different voice actors from time to time as long as they are good I encourage it. However simply having a semi deep voice does not qualify someone for Batman despite what these animated film makers think. I’m more than happy to let them pass the part on to others especially in cases like this where it’s young Batman, but they have to make good choices and once again IMO they have not. Not even close. Especially with Under the red hood. Which was awful in so many ways.

        • Well, then, we shall simply, CIVILLY disagree. I have enjoyed the choices for the voice acting. You have not. I’m okay with that.

  13. As much as I love Kevin as the voice of Batman IMO Bruce Greenwood did a good job in Under the Red Hood. Would love to see a Nightwing movie. I held reservations about Doogie Howser doing the voice, but he really pulled it off.

    This looks really good though. Cant wait

  14. There is only one person who could make criminal cower with fear and that is Kevin Conroy. No one else could do the batman whisper in the shadows whether it in the silver screen or other animated movies. If you want the mob to fear batman in his first year of crimefighting then obvious choice is kevin conroy. His voice makes the batman the urban legend that we have come to know and love.

  15. Just now watching Year One and can’t bear that Kevin Conroy isn’t voicing Batman. I grew up watching the Batman Animated Series and to me Batman will forever and always have the voice of Kevin Conroy. It’s a shame to have brought Year One to life without the validating voice of Batman.