A Good adaptation of the comic series by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli. It is pretty faithful to the source material, but it does omit certain details and changes the dialogue in several areas to keep up the pace. I would have to say it was more focused on action whereas the comic series was more atmospheric and succeeded as character studies of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne, and perhaps even the rise of Catwoman (this felt a little forced and almost unnecessary).
The animation is splendid though, and does hold influences from the Mazzuchelli artwork and even Japanese anime. The movie is action-packed and even had some clever ‘tough guy’ lines. Despite my mixed feelings, it was overall a fun movie to watch.
A good title to add to your bluray collection and an excellent companion piece to the comic series. [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]
Warner Brothers animation (under the DCU animated label) and Bruce Timm seems to be making a habit out of adapting several of DC Comics’ best story arcs. Directed by Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery (Green Lantern Emerald Knights), “Batman Year One” adapts the four-issue mini series written by Frank Miller (Man Without Fear) and David Mazzuchelli (from his run in Daredevil) which was published between 1986-1987 (original copyright is 1986). The animated movie “Year One” … more
Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City after being away for 12 years. He's returned with a mission, which is to wage war against the criminal element. He has the will and the training, but something is missing. Lt. James Gordon is a transfer cop from Chicago, and he must fight his own battles. However, his fight is not exactly with the easy to see street level hoods. These two kindred souls are fighting for the same cause. But will their different methods turn them into bitter enemies or into … more
Holy animated wonder, Batman! Warner Bros. and DC have gone and done what every single Batman fan has been waiting for... an official adaptation of Frank Miller's classic Batman: Year One. Cannot wait for this to come out in October! UPDATE: When it was announced that DC Comics, Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation were going to be adapting the quintessential … more
When it was announced that DC Comics, Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation were going to be adapting the quintessential version of Batman's origins, Batman: Year One, I was completely exhilarated and a bit anxious as to whether or not the story would be done justice in a direct-to-video animated film. Having now seen the highly anticipated new film, I have to say that I am stunned by just how faithful it is. I only detected two minor changes from the Frank Miller story. The first change … more
Don't miss this thrilling DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on the groundbreaking story by Frank Miller and featuring two-time Emmy(r) Award winner Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Katee Sackhoff, Eliza Dushku and Alex Rocco in its stellar voice cast. Experience a bold and dynamic vision of the Dark Knight's first year in action and the start of his enduring friendship with Jim Gordon.
Batman: Year One Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has almost 3 hours of exciting content, including:
- Feature film
- Sneak Peek at Justice League: Doom, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
- DC Showcase Animated Original Short – “Catwoman”: This all-new entry to the growing canon of DC Universe animated shorts features the first first solo tale centered around Catwoman. The felonious feline’s adventure takes her through the seedy streets of Gotham City. Catwoman is voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling).
- Featurette –“Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots”: “The Dark Knight Returns” provided the denouement of Batman's life. Frank Miller's next seminal work would provide his near-mythic origin in “Batman: Year One.” This documentary uncovers the contemporary genius of Miller and the audience that was poised to appreciate the depths of his work.
- Featurette –“Conversations with DC Comics”: The Batman creative team at DC Entertainment discusses the personal ...