When director Christopher Nolan conceived a reboot of the Batman franchise, a departure from the campy style of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, he drew from the darkest of source materials, picking this and that from a various books, storylines and artists. The end result was Batman Begins and The Dark Knight — obviously he was looking in the right places.
One of the major influences was Batman: Year One, a comic book classic penned by Sin City creator (and co-director) Frank Miller. Everything people love about Nolan and Christian Bale’s brooding Batman can be found in the gritty realism of the book — and now DC Animated Films has gone and turned the source material into its own cinematic experience.
Batman: Year One stars The O.C.’s Benjamin McKenzie as Batman, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston as Jim Gordon, Dollhouse’s Eliza Dushku as Catwoman and Battlestar’s Katee Sackhoff as Bruce Wayne’s romantic fling, Sarah Essen. The first trailer for the straight-to-DVD/Blu action flick has hit the web and looks perfectly tailored to tide us over until The Dark Knight Rises next summer. Check it out and watch for our coverage of the movie’s premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!