Batman Year One
IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Rand is back to share his fond memories of decades of comic collecting and reading in this month’s Random Access Memory. Author’s Note: Random Access Memory is me looking back at the specific comics that shaped my life. Each month I go back in time – in five year intervals – to examine key comics that came out those months. (The idea is that after five years of monthly columns, I will have covered an entire lifetime – in this case, fifty years – of reading comics.) I also list all the comics I read that
Warner Bros. has done a good job of taking their properties and turning them into direct to the home market animated movies. While we are all still waiting for The Dark Knight Returns, Warner Bros. has finally adapted Frank Miller’s Year One that brings the four arc story to life.
Alex Rocco, best known for his role as gangster Moe Greene in The Godfather, returns to his mobster roots as Carmine Falcone in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The appearance in a Dark Knight-related project brings Rocco’s 44-year career full circle. The Massachusetts-born actor, who was once an adjunct member of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, got his first on-screen role in the 1960s Batman television series.
Ben McKenzie plays a wealthy young man on a personal quest for justice in TNT’s hit series Southland. Now the actor heads to the streets of Gotham City as the voice of another rich young adult with a need for righteousness in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. McKenzie makes his maiden voyage into animation voiceovers as Bruce Wayne/Batman, the title character of comics legend Frank Miller’s classic retelling of the Dark Knight’s gritty, formative days.
TV Guide has announced that Eliza Dushku will play Catwoman in DC’s direct to DVD animated movie, Batman: Year One. 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. If that doesn’t sound like something you remember from the Frank Miller tale, you’re correct. This is an animated short that will accompany the feature film. Batman: Year One arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand on October 18, 2011. via
This week on the show; Batman: Year One, Ultimate Spider-Man gets animated, Cthulhu strikes, Irredeemable gets reviewed, and Wolfman vs. Wolfman. [podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/major-spoilers-225.mp3[/podcast] Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Podcast Alley Show Notes after the Jump!
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, The Major Spoilers Crew takes a look at Frank Miller’s four issue Batman: Year One story. Batman: Year One The story recounts the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s career as Batman and Jim Gordon’s with the Gotham City Police Department. Bruce Wayne returns home from training abroad in martial arts, manhunting, and science for the past 12 years, and James Gordon moves to Gotham with his wife, Barbara, after a transfer from Chicago. Both are swiftly acquainted with the corruption and violence of Gotham City, with Gordon witnessing his partner Detective Flass assaulting a
In the tradition of such famous comic book series and mini-series as John Byrneâ€™s â€œSuperman: the Man of Steel,â€ Frank Millerâ€™s â€œBatman: Year Oneâ€ and Marvelâ€™s â€œUltimateâ€ line comes the latest comic book icon to get the â€œprequelâ€ treatment: Archie! Thatâ€™s right, now you, the reader can travel back in time with Archie and his friends to their very first year in high school in this five-part epic storyline weâ€™re calling THE FRESHMAN YEAR SAGA!