With all the fantastic animated films DC has produced over the years, its no wonder they are putting out one of the best stories in Batman history. Bruce Timm will be producing it, of course, but also the cast was already put on the table. Eliza Dushku will be playing the sexy, sultriness Selina Kyle and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff is Detective Sarah Essen. What has me most excited is the new(ish) blood playing our heir to the Wayne franchise, Ben McKenzie. He was the angst driven bad boy in The OC and more recently played the newbie cop in Southland. If that wasn’t enough, meth dealing Bryan Cranston will be our Commissioner Gordon. My deepest apologies if I sound any less than ecstatic about this cast. I am one of the few who enjoyed The OC and one of the many that have had their skin crawl over Cranston’s role in Breaking Bad.
If you haven’t read Frank Millers graphic novel recounting the Bats early life, here is DC’s synopsis:
A young Bruce Wayne has spent his adolescence and early adulthood, traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city. Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses a guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham.
Bruce Timm promised it would 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.”
Unfortunately, we will be forced to patiently wait until Fall of next year at least before we can set our eyes on this inevitable masterpiece. But with a PG-13 rating, it might just be worth it.