Bad voice actors make you want to crush a larynx. Fortunately, the upcoming animated adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One will not suffer from this; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Ben McKenzie (Southland), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) have joined the cast.
McKenzie will provide the voice of a very young Bruce Wayne/Batman; Cranston will be playing Jim Gordon, who forms a bond with the Caped Crusader in his early years before becoming Commissioner; Sackhoff will voice Sarah Essen, one of Gordon’s love interests; and Dushku will be playing Catwoman. Alex Rocco will also have a role as crime lord Carmine Falcone.
Written by Miller with art by David Mazzucchelli in 1987, Batman: Year One re-imagined the origin of the Dark Knight in a much more realistic and violent way than ever before. And while fans are sure to be critical of the faithfulness of the movie, executive producer Bruce Timm says that it will be an extremely accurate adaptation of the book.
"The source material is surprisingly cinematic; it's a pretty straightforward 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."
For years, comic fans have touted Timm as an expert on superhero animation, but Cranston needed to be convinced to take the role at first and even turned it down initially. "I wasn't aware of this level of storytelling in animation. I confess that freely," he says. "They didn't give the characters the short shrift. I was stunned."
Batman: Year One is scheduled for a Fall release on DVD and Blu-Ray, but there will also be a world premiere for fans attending Comic-Con this July. Check out a still from the film below.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]