WarnerBros. has dropped the first trailer for their new DC Universe Animated Original movie, Batman: Year One, based on the Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli graphic novel. The studio already released a featurette that showcased the movie’s cast (Ben “The O.C.” McKenzie as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Eliza “Tru Calling” Dushku as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, and Bryan “Breaking Bad” Cranston as Lt. James/Jim Gordon), which was probably a good idea, as this trailer barely shows any character other than Bruce, and features only McKenzie’s voice talents. If you’ve read the comic, then you know that Year One is as much, if not more, Jim Gordon’s origin story than it is Batman’s, so it seems a mite odd that the character wouldn’t appear at all in the official first trailer. But, that’s just me being a big ol’ Bryan Cranston fanboy, and everything else we’ve seen, and this trailer especially, looks to be utterly faithful to the source material. So, I’m sure I’ll get my (Hammond) druthers when the movie hits store shelves on October 18, 2011. I can’t wait.
At the very the end of the trailer, some text pops up on the screen to indicate that a Catwoman short film will be an bonus feature on the DVD/Blu-Ray. This follows suit with all of the recent DCUAO releases, creating animated shorts for (usually) lesser known characters like Jonah Hex or Captain Marvel. The quality varies from meh-to-woo on each, and Eliza Dushku is reprising her role from Year One, so it may wind up being one of the meh ones if her take on Catwoman doesn’t land on its feet. That said, based on the faintly “Aeon Flux”-y nature of the plot, written by The Animated Series scribe Paul Dini, it could easily be the best of the shorts yet:
“In Catwoman, the femme fatale tangles with crime boss Rough Cut (a brand-new character created for this short, voiced by “Futurama’s” John DiMaggio) in a breathless and brutal 15-minute chase through Gotham City tracking down a mysterious cargo shipment.”
Am I wrong, or does that not sound like a lot of fun? DiMaggio previously knocked a Bat-Villain out of Robinson Park in Batman: Under the Red Hood, and his streak of great performances is as at least as long as H. Jon Benjamin’s. Oh, and, as a bonus to bonus feature, they’ve modeled this story’s Catwoman on the Darwyn Cooke version (i.e., the best comic book Catwoman ever):
While the Arkham City design certainly has its merits, the fact that her zipper is pulled up here is a welcome touch for those who may work in corporate America. Put all these pieces together and the whole Batman: Year One package looks like we might have to do the Batusi in celebration. Again, it comes out on October 18, 2011, and I can’t wait.
Okay, one rumor from The Dark Knight Rises, just because it came and went at ludicrous speed: Adam West was seen in London around the production shot there, and naturally fans of the world’s greatest detective deduced that he must have a cameo in the movie; after all, West publicly lamented that he never got to be in Burton’s films. Or, he might be working with the Batman: Live! stage show in some capacity, where a cameo makes so much more sense. Or, he was just on vacation.
Yeah, there’s still a whole ‘nother year of this to go.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show/podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and is on Twitter @RobOfWar. He thinks it’s good that West probably won’t be in TDKR, as it would be too distracting for everyone involved, and West hates distractions. That’s when the Noid strikes.