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When Gotham City is in desperate need of heroes, two men take a stand for justice…but on opposite sides. Bruce Wayne returns home after years abroad to become a crimefighter, just as honest cop Lt. James Gordon moves to Gotham and finds corruption at every level. When Bruce becomes the masked vigilante Batman, the city explodes as his new nemesis Catwoman, the mob and Gordon all close in! Don’t miss this thrilling DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on the groundbreaking story by Frank Miller and featuring Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Katee Sackhoff, Eliza Dushku, Alex Rocco and Jon Polito 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.
DC Universe's original animated movie takes on one of the most acclaimed texts among Batman fans: Frank Miller's Year One, which retold the Dark Knight's origins as a crime fighter from a decidedly hard-boiled point of view. The feature follows Miller's story arc faithfully, with young Bruce Wayne (voiced by Benjamin McKenzie of Southland) arriving in a vice-ridden Gotham with a decade's worth of martial arts training and a head full of vengeance over his parents' murder. At the same time, new police transfer Jim Gordon (Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad) settles into his job, where he discovers that the police are often worse than the criminals. What follows is an inversion of the traditional superhero story, with both men, ostensibly on the side of law and order, taking the business of saving Gotham into their own hands, with Gordon untangling the web of corruption around the city while Wayne, as Batman, adopts a more hands-on (read: violent pummeling) approach. The feature, codirected by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu (who previously shared helming duties on Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), captures the visceral grit of Miller's take, but not the depth of character and story, which made the source material so rich. Exposition is delivered through cumbersome voice-over, while the plentiful action threatens to overwhelm the scant characterizations afforded by Tab Murphy's script. Casting is another mixed bag, with Cranston delivering Gordon's frustration and fury with skill, but McKenzie and Katee Sackhoff (as Sarah Essen, Gordon's lover and future wife) not quite striking the same balance. Striking the right combination of Miller's literary leanings in the original text with the visual elements required to keep an animated feature interesting is a formidable challenge, and one that the makers of Batman: Year One got only partially right.
Extras on the Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy set are typically plentiful, with featurettes and interviews giving an in-depth look into the origins and making of the film. Chief among these is the original short Catwoman, which pits the whip-wielding feline fatale (voiced by Eliza Dushku, who has a cameo in Year One) against a dangerous smuggler. As with its accompanying feature, the action is fast and frenetic, though scenes in a strip club make this definitely PG-13 material. Batman producer Michael Uslan is front and center for Conversations with DC Comics, which features the DC Entertainment team's thoughts on the Batman: Year One text and its long-reaching influences, while Heart of Vengeance looks at Miller's work and its impact on the comic marketplace. Liu, producer Alan Burnett, DC writer/editor Mike Carlin, and voice casting director Andrea Romano are featured on an info-heavy commentary track, while two episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, previews for previous releases, and a sneak peek at Justice League: Doom, the next feature from DCU, round out the sizable set. --Paul Gaita
No spoilers for you. But I love this. It's a great 'well this is what it was like' movie. There is a note of adultry in it, so if you despise that so much you can't even stand it... Read morePublished 3 days ago by CL
By far one of the best DC animated films! Stayed true to the comic book.Published 9 days ago by jarod bray
I loved this movie(It was like reading Frank Miller's Classic graphic novel all over again.)Fast paced & action packed.The perfect Batman & Catwoman origin story. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jamal D.Kendricks
Before embarking on doing their 2-parter of The Dark Knight Returns, DC Universe decided to test the waters with Frank Miller's post-Crisis origin story of Batman: Year One. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Alford
A splendid animation, truly high quality. This is more of a Jim Gordon story than a Batman story, so don't be fooled. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen
This shirt animated movie is an amazing Batman tale.. If you have read and enjoyed Frank Miller's "Year One", you will really enjoy this movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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|Appropriate for my 11 year old son?||
If you would let your kids watch a mild action movie at home, you'd be fine letting them watch this. Violence is seen often but expected. This is Batman after all. There is a graphic scene when Bruce Wayne's parents are murdered at gunpoint. No nudity but there is a section of the movie... Read More
Nov 12, 2011 by FromABuick6 | See all 7 posts
|German Blu-Ray and DVD Design||
Much better IMO. Better fits the original graphic novel. European Blu-Rays often get the best covers and/or designs, most of the time.
Aug 16, 2011 by dorian gray | See all 2 posts
|is D.C planning Release Batman year one Animated movie soundtrack||
I don't know but I do like the music they have on the trailer.
Sep 22, 2011 by B. Talbot | See all 2 posts
|Ultraviolet Digital Copy?||
Just got mine and it is an I-tunes digital copy not an Ultraviolet scam copy.
Oct 20, 2011 by Momaw | See all 16 posts
|What's the lowdown?||
Emerald Knights had an exceptional preview in the special features. Ben McKenzie from The O.C. and Southland is playing Bruce Wayne. I think its supposed to be a very young Batman and even though almost every movie about heroes here recently seems to be going back to their beginnings, hopefully... Read More
Jul 26, 2011 by PS360 | See all 10 posts