Continuing its tradition of bringing classic DC Comics stories to life in the form of direct-to-video animated movies, Warner Brothers has just announced the voice cast for its upcoming adaptation of Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Peter Weller (Robocop) will star as Bruce Wayne/Batman, who is retired from crime fighting at the beginning of the story, and Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie Kelly, the brand-new female Robin. Rounding out the cast is Wade Williams as Harvey Dent/ Two-Face; Michael McKean as Dr. Wolper, the Joker's psychiatrist; and David Selby in an unspecified role.
If it sounds like a few characters are missing from this list, it's because the movie is being split into two parts. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will hit shelves this fall, while the second part will be available early in 2013. Expect more casting announcements in the future for Part 2.
Bob Goodman wrote the script for both parts and Jay Oliva, who storyboarded Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel, directed the adaptation. Here is the official synopsis for the movie, according to THR:
One of the most influential comics of all time, The Dark Knight Returns is set in a near future where Batman is retired and Gotham City has slid into a dystopian state ruled by a gang of hooligans called The Mutants. The 55-year old Bruce Wayne is forced to don the cape once more, this time partnering with a female Robin to not only stop the Joker but keep the peace when the city falls into chaos after being hit by an electromagnetic pulse.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]