Batman: Year One (2011)

PG-13  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Gordon (voice)
Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
Selina Kyle (voice)
Detective Essen (voice)
Skeevers' Attorney (voice) (as Saratoga Ballantine)
Stan / Anchor Tom (voice)
Hare Krishna (voice)
Barbara Gordon / Vicki Vale (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
Keith Ferguson ...
Driver (voice)
Flass' Attorney (voice)


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 (

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A merciless crime - turns a man into an outlaw.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Planned for release in the US on the same day as Batman: Arkham City (2011). 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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A truly excellent Batman
21 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I consider myself a Batman fan. Having loved a vast majority of the previous Batman adaptations, I loved this movie. The animation is wonderful, the backgrounds and colours are dark and the character designs are sophisticated.

The music has a real haunting quality to it, and does so well in enhancing the atmosphere. And what an atmosphere it is too, for me the best Batman adaptations(Batman: The Animated Series, Mask of the Phantasm, 1989 Batman and Under the Red Hood) have a suitably gritty tone, which is what the movie does have.

Batman: Year One's dialogue is sharp, intelligent and edgy, and generally apart from the rushed subplot of Selina Kyle(a longer length in general might've helped) the story is clever and compelling. Mostly the characters are very well written, with special mention going to Gordon, a character that could be bland but here he is very interesting.

Voice acting is strong. Bryan Cranston is especially outstanding. Ben McKenzie is generally good and emotive, if in need of more charisma in places. All in all, excellent Batman movie. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox

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