class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-107959″ title=”Batman_Year_One” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />While we’re all (im)patiently waiting for next year’s The Dark Knight Rises it’s easy to forget that we’re not too far off another Batman movie, and as if to remind us a new clip from the animated Batman: Year One has found its way online.

Based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed 1987 storyline of the same name, Year One follows a young, somewhat uncertain Bruce Wayne as he adopts the persona of the Dark Knight for the first time and sets about waging his one-man war on crime, with a particular focus on mob boss Carmine Falcone’s various illegal activities. Sound familiar? It should do: Year One was a pivotal story arc for the Batman comics, and a major source of inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.

Truth be told I’ve always thought the DC animated movies have been a bit hit and miss over the years, but going on what we’ve seen of Year One I’m going to stick my neck out and say the signs are looking good here; the source material is exceptional, and the film has a stellar cast, including Ben McKenzie as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston as Lt. James Gordan, Katee Sackhoff as Detective Sarah Essen, and Eliza Dushku as Catwoman/Selina Kyle.

Batman: Year One is released on DVD and Blu-ray in the States October 18th.

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