The first trailer for Batman: Year One, the animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s 1987 four-issue comic book arc of the same name, has been released over at MTV, and for someone who admittedly hasn’t read the original material, it looks good.

The film will get its premiere at Comic-Con later this month on 22nd July, and will then be released straight to DVD and Blu-ray at the end of the year on 18th October, so we’ll have to wait until then to see what it’s like.

If the cast who have given their voices to the film are anything to go by, it should be excellent. Playing the role of Batman will be Benjamin McKenzie (The O.C., Southland), Catwoman will be voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), James Gordon will be voiced by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), and Detective Sarah Essen, Gordon’s love interest, will be voiced by Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24).

McKenzie’s voice is the only one of these we get to hear in the trailer, and he pulls off the voice convincingly. When he says the lines,

“This isn’t about healing. I’m not looking for closure,”

you can really feel the pain in his voice. The Year One arc looks not just at Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as Batman’s, but also James Gordon’s with the Gotham City Police.

The film is the next project in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, which includes Batman: Gotham Knight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, and Superman: Doomsday. Year One will be the twelfth of these Original Movies, and is directed by Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery, both of whom have had a wealth of experience directing animated superhero films, so all signs suggest that Batman: Year One will be a film to watch out for whilst we wait for Christopher Nolan to return the hero to us next year with The Dark Knight Rises, which has a 20th July, 2012 release date scheduled. Without further ado, here’s the trailer for Year One:


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