So, I decided to FINALLY crack open my copy of “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” today, and sit down to watch it for review. Before getting to that, I decided to check out some of the bonus features-and the first thing that I hit was the preview for “BATMAN: YEAR ONE“. The next film in the DC Universe Animated Movie line-which will be released Summer 2011 (because Warner Brothers cant go a year without SOME TYPE of Batman Release…2010 saw Batman/Superman: Apocalypse AND Batman: Under The Red Hood. 2011 will see Batman: Year One (at least). 2012 will see The Dark Knight Rises. Maybe in 2013 we can get the 20th Anniversary (HOLY CRAP ON A STICK BATMAN!) 4 Disc Collectors Edition Extended Super Awesome Collection of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Blu Ray? Huh huh? Maybe? Maybe? Please Warner Brothers….I know you’re reading this…..
Moving right along now….
“Batman: Year One” is of course based on the Frank Miller four part story, that re-imagined the tragic origins of The Dark Knight. It was used as source material for Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins”-and is regarded as THE definitive Batman origins story…
so lets delve into the PREVIEW of “Batman: Year One” – available on DVD / Blu Ray Summer 2011 from Warner Home Video, and DC Entertainment…..
This preview-attached to the DVD / Blu Ray release of “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” (which I will be reviewing later…btw..) is the same format as all the other DC Universe previews we’ve seen. No real FOOTAGE shown, just some animatics, random behind the scenes clips, and voice overs-mixed with sit down interview footage infront of green screens. The usual guests are here, including Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano…..
..side note: wasnt there a rumor last year that Andrea Romano had died?
…anyways. We’ve explained how close the story is to the original comic-and I must say-it looks pretty damn close. The art style is in keep with the comic, and the dialogue is almost word for word verbatim from the comic (kinda like Watchmen….oh crap.) IU have absolute faith that Bruce Timm and co will give us an excellent treat, and be fair to the source material. All the DC Universe films have been great-and while I disliked “Green Lantern: First Flight” and “Wonder Woman”-thats more so because I dont care for the characters-and not the fault of the movie itself. The voice cast is pretty decent, The film features the voice talents of Ben McKenzie (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Bryan Cranston (James Gordon), Eliza Dushku (Selina Kyle / Catwoman), Katee Sackhoff (Sarah Essen) and Alex Rocco (Carmine Falcone). The footage / audio they played sounded great, and Ben McKenzie’s Batman voice sounds very good. His line delivery-at least in the clip they showed-was kinda Shatner-esque….but lets hope its just that one line, and not the whole film…
All in all, I can’t wait for it. You can never have too much Batman, and with “Arkham City” coming out this year, this is a wonderous visual treat, that will keep us in check until Chris Nolan’s trilogy is complete next year, with “The Dark Knight Rises”.