Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation have announced the next direct to DVD animated movie in the animated original line is Batman: Year One. The Frank Miller tale is getting the movie treatment by Tab Murphy.

In addition to this news, the company also announced that Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, and Katee Sackhoff have been hired to provide voices for the characters.

  • Bryan Cranston: Commissioner Gordon
  • Ben McKenzie: Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Eliza Dushku: Catwoman
  • Katee Sackhoff: Detective Sarah Essen
  • Alex Rocco: Carmine Falcone

Bruce Timm is once again producing the animated movie, and says this will be a very faithful adaptation.

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

The movie will have a PG-13 rating, and will have an exclusive premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. The rest of us will need to wait until the fall to get our hands on it.

via THR

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  1. Hardman
    April 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait! Year One is one my favorite Batman stories of all time.

  2. Jimmy
    April 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    I am crossing my fingers and hoping this means we get an All-Star Batman and Robin movie someday too

  3. Kirby
    April 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Haven’t read the source material (Having been soured on FM) but I’m interested. Pllus the dad from Malcolm in the Middle? Cool.

  4. Ashen
    April 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    This sounds great. I wish they would animate The Dark Knight Returns and do it as multiple movies in order to do it justice. Also would love to see Alan Moore’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.”

  5. Turks
    April 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    ben mckenzie ? blaaaaah threw up? bryan cranston? awesome!

  6. Allen
    April 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm — Reply

    I’m thrilled! Except for Dushku, they’re all great actors. I’m psyched.

    • Damascus
      May 17, 2011 at 1:22 am — Reply

      Yeah, I guess. I was excited for Eliza Dushku, but then realized that I’d be excited to SEE her as Catwoman, not too excited just to hear her be Selina Kyle. Much like Jessica Alba, very pretty to look at, not a whole lot of acting chops.

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