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Director:
Writers:
Bob Kane (character created by: Batman)
Frank Miller (comic book) ...
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Release Date:
25 September 2012 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Old heroes never die. They just get darker. See more »
Plot:
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era? | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent adaptation of the graphic novel! See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Peter Weller ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

Ariel Winter ... Robin / Carrie Kelley (voice)

David Selby ... Commissioner Gordon (voice)

Wade Williams ... Harvey Dent (voice)

Carlos Alazraqui ... Hernando (voice)

Dee Bradley Baker ... Don (voice)

Paget Brewster ... Lana Lang (voice)

Maria Canals-Barrera ... Ellen Yindel (voice) (as Maria Canals)

Cathy Cavadini ... Joanie (voice)

Townsend Coleman ... Morrie (voice)

Grey Griffin ... Anchor Carla (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)

Richard Doyle ... The Mayor (voice)

Greg Eagles ... Mackie (voice)

Michael Emerson ... Joker (voice)
Michael Jackson ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)

Danny Jacobs ... Merkel (voice)

Maurice LaMarche ... Dr. Herbert Willing / Anchor Tom (voice)

Yuri Lowenthal ... Son of Batman / Rookie Police Officer (voice)

Michael McKean ... Dr. Bartholomew Wolper (voice)

Sam McMurray ... Anchor Ted (voice)

Jim Meskimen ... General Briggs (voice)

Rob Paulsen ... Rob / Robber (voice)
Andrea Romano ... Woman (voice)

Tara Strong ... Michelle / Anchor Trish / Young Bruce Wayne / Kevin Ridley (voice)

James Patrick Stuart ... Murray (voice)

Gary Anthony Sturgis ... Silk (voice) (as Gary Sturgis)

James Arnold Taylor ... Mr. Hudson / Store Woner (voice)
Bruce W. Timm ... Thomas Wayne (voice) (as Bruce Timm)

Jim Ward ... Femur's Lawyer (voice)

Frank Welker ... Mayor Stevenson / Weather Man (voice)

Gary Anthony Williams ... Mutant Leader / Anchor Bill (voice)

Jim Wise ... Femur (voice)

Gwendoline Yeo ... Lola Chong (voice)

Directed by
Jay Oliva 
 
Writing credits
Bob Kane (character created by: Batman)

Frank Miller (comic book) &
Klaus Janson (comic book)

Bob Goodman (written by)

Bob Kane (characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon, Harvey Dent & The Joker) uncredited

Bill Finger (characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner James Gordon, Harvey Dent, The Joker & Lana Lang) uncredited

Jerry Robinson (characters: Alfred Pennyworth & The Joker) uncredited

John Sikela (character: Lana Lang) uncredited

Produced by
Alan Burnett .... co-producer
Michael Macasero .... associate producer
Benjamin Melniker .... executive producer
Sam Register .... executive producer
Bruce W. Timm .... executive producer
Michael Uslan .... executive producer (as Michael E. Uslan)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Drake (original music by)
 
Film Editing by
Christopher D. Lozinski 
 
Casting by
Meredith Layne 
 
Makeup Department
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist
Lois McIntosh .... hair stylist: daily crew
 
Production Management
Cory Gustke .... production manager
Matthew Mahoney .... assistant production manager
 
Art Department
Brendan Clogher .... storyboard artist
Tim Divar .... storyboard artist
Lynell Forestall .... storyboard artist
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi .... storyboard artist/revisionist
Jay Hong .... background design
Sam Liu .... storyboard artist
Kathryn Marusik .... storyboard revisionist
Lauren Montgomery .... storyboard artist
Christina Sotta .... storyboard clean-up artist
Keo Thongkham .... storyboard artist
Christie Tseng .... storyboard clean-up artist
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard artist
Melchior Zwyer .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Kelly Ann Foley .... dialogue editor (as Kelly Foley Downs)
Patrick J. Foley .... dialogue editor
Mike Garcia .... dialogue editor
Robert Hargreaves .... sound designer
Robert Hargreaves .... sound effects editor
Robert Hargreaves .... sound re-recording mixer
John Hegedes .... re-recording mixer (as John K. Hegedes)
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
George Brooks .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mark Keatts .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Girardi .... visual effects
 
Animation Department
Jen Bennett .... storyboard clean-up artist
Matthew Bordenave .... color key artist
Michael Chang .... storyboard
Andy Chiang .... model designer
Brendan Clogher .... storyboard artist
Tim Divar .... storyboard
Bill Dunn .... background key painter
Lynell Forestall .... character designer
Lynell Forestall .... storyboard
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi .... storyboard clean-up artist
Stephen B. Jones .... character designer
Danny Kimanyen .... character designer
Sam Liu .... storyboard
Lauren Montgomery .... storyboard
Rick Morales .... storyboard
Justin Schultz .... animation checker
Coran Stone .... character designer
Owen Sullivan .... storyboard
Jon Suzuki .... lead character designer
Junpei Takayama .... character designer
Keo Thongkham .... storyboard
Brian Uchida .... character designer
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard
Melchior Zwyer .... character designer
Melchior Zwyer .... storyboard
 
Editorial Department
Steven White .... on-line editor
 
Transportation Department
Shahin Moatazed-Keyvany .... unit driver
Angelo Sotereanos .... production driver
Ian Yea .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Neil A. Cole .... publicist
Luisa Guzman .... production accountant
Vivian Hernandez .... production support
Michele Karpel .... production support
Audrey Kim .... production support
Debbie Lindquist .... production accountant
Tamara Miles .... production support
John Nixon .... senior armoury technician
Andrea Romano .... voice director
Maral Simonian .... production accountant
Kira Tirimacco .... production support
Renee Toporzysek .... production support
Athena Wingate .... production accountant
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action
Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
In the scene where Commissioner Gordon relieves Officer Thompson, Thompson is seen wielding a M1928 submachine gun with drum magazine which, ironically, is also called Thompson.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Carrie and Michelle are attacked by the trio of Mutants at the arcade and are interrupted by Batarangs that fly out of the shadows, one of the Mutants says, "I got my knife!" but he draws a pistol instead. - actually, the Mutant gang member says "I got my nine" meaning nine millimetre automatic pistol.See more »
Quotes:
Mutant Leader:That a tickle?
Batman:That was a nerve bundle in your deltoid. Might not hurt, but you won't be moving that arm for a while.
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Movie Connections:
References V for Vendetta (2005)See more »

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How faithful an adaptation is this movie to the graphic novel?
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Excellent adaptation of the graphic novel!, 26 September 2012
Author: DarthPaul85 from Maine

After seeing Batman Year One, I was nervous about this one, but I was pleasantly surprised! The story is faithfully recreated here, with very little censorship of the violence, and most of the (included) dialogue straight from the pages of the comic, albeit with some forgivable changes. The pacing is excellent, and really captures that sense of "awesome" that the graphic novel had. The visual style is "close enough" to Millar's work to give you flashbacks, but of course it lacks the detailed nuances of the comic. And lastly, the music fits everything perfectly.

Some complaints, though. First and foremost, the acting lacks passion. Virtually all the main characters play "middle of the road" emotions well, but any extreme was unconvincing to me. It's almost like there was a "no shouting!" rule for the actors. Nobody gets really angry, or forceful, or upset. Even so, it's nowhere near as disappointing as the acting in Batman Year One.

Also missing is Batman's inner monologue- which I guess can be forgiven since movies are a visual medium, but ultimately we lose some of the comic's best lines because of it. Though they do try to force some of batman's narration into the movie as dialogue, it doesn't work that well at all.

One change I'm not sure about is the PG-13 censorship to the script. They maintain the political dichotomy that existed in the comics, but it's way toned down. They seem to want to avoid alienating people on either side of the political spectrum (perhaps wisely). Some of the humor is still there, but again, it's got kid gloves on.

In the end, though, this is a wonderful execution of a great story. I eagerly look forward to Part 2!!

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