When DC Animated started doing frame-for-panel direct adaptations of classic comics, every self-respecting Batman fan immediately wondered if they’d take on the character’s two most seminal stories, the Dark Knight Returns and Year One. While the heavily-rumored former has yet to be confirmed, the latter’s in production and apparently due over the next few months. That’s faster than I thought. The EPK from Daily Blam above says it’s coming “Summer 2011,” so I presume that means it’ll drop by September at the latest?
For those unfamiliar, Year One unsurprisingly recounts the earliest days of Batman’s crime-fighting career. A lot of its plot points have already been cherry picked and spread out over Batman Begins, the Dark Knight and, to go back a little farther, Mask of the Phantasm. Considering how the comic shows a prostitute finding inspiration to create her own Catwoman persona, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Selina Kyle parts of the Dark Knight Rises take even more cues from it. As it happens, Frank Miller wrote this and he actually tried to turn it into a movie with Darren Aronofsky right before Begins came together.
Anyway, the animation and character designs capture the noir style of the comics’ art with impressive faithfulness. And I have to say that Eliza Dushku’s an inspired choice for Catwoman. What say you Screened pups?