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Batman: Year One (2011)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Crime  -  18 October 2011 (USA)
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A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.

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Jim Gordon (voice)
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Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
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Selina Kyle (voice)
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Falcone (voice)
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Detective Essen (voice)
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Skeevers' Attorney (voice) (as Saratoga Ballantine)
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Driver (voice)
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Flass' Attorney (voice)
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Storyline

Two men come to Gotham City: Bruce Wayne after years abroad feeding his lifelong obsession for justice and Jim Gordon after being too honest a cop with the wrong people elsewhere. After learning painful lessons about the city's corruption on its streets and police department respectively, this pair learn how to fight back their own way. With that, Gotham's evildoers from top to bottom are terrorized by the mysterious Batman and the equally heroic Gordon is assigned to catch him by comrades who both hate and fear him themselves. In the ensuing manhunt, both find much in common as the seeds of an unexpected friendship are laid with additional friends and rivals helping to start the legend. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A merciless crime - turns a man into an outlaw.


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Rated PG-13 for violence and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In addition to voicing Barbara Gordon (James Gordon's wife), Grey DeLisle voiced (uncredited) the role of Vicki Vale, who was not in the original graphic novel, although she is mentioned in one of the newspaper articles in the book's first pages as being a "cutie clepto". Vicki replaced several television news reporters used in the original story. See more »

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The DVD box says it only includes English, French and Spanish audio, but it also includes Thai audio as well. See more »

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[first lines]
Bruce Wayne: Gotham City. Clean shafts of concrete and snowy rooftops. The work of men who died generations ago. From here, it looks like an achievement. From here, you can't see the enemy.
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Adaptation or Illustration
27 January 2013 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Batman: Year One is a remarkably loyal, almost frame-for-frame adaptation of Frank Miller's revolutionary graphic novel of the same name. Admittedly, as a fan of the Batman comics and of Miller's distinctive style, I really enjoyed watching his frames come to life; and it's hard to dismiss the fact that Year One is one of the finest Batman stories ever written, and it deserves the wider recognition that an animated version may give it. Unfortunately, Year One doesn't come close to fulfilling its potential; the frames and dialog are lifted almost directly from the comic, but the pacing is poor which leads to an absence in tension and leaving the viewer completely outside the film. It doesn't help that Ben McKenzie may well be the worst Batman I've heard, reading the lines from the script as if he wants to get it over with as quickly as possible. Bryan Cranston almost saves the day in his amazing performance as James Gordon - and dear lord, how I'd love to see him play that part in a live action adaptation! - but it's not enough to make Year One anything more than an illustration of the novel, one that can never come close to matching its impact and would probably have a hard time finding an audience outside of devoted Batman fans.


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