Batman: Year One (2011)

Movie Title: Batman: Year One

Year Released: 2011

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 4min

Genre: Animation, Action, Crime

Director: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

Writer: Tab Murphy

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku

Review: This animated adaptation of the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli Graphic Novel gets the look and feel right, but has Batman/Bruce Wayne's voice casting wrong. Bryan Cranston is spot on as James Gordon learning fight crime in Gotham City while the horribly miscast Ben McKenzie becomes the Dark Knight. McKenzie's deadpan delivery makes Batman seem lifeless and boring, while Cranston makes Gordon the interesting hero that Gotham needs and the audience wants to watch. Don't know if it was intentional, but it's the first Batman movie I've seen where I would have liked to see less Batman. A good watch, but a disappointment. If you get a chance be sure to read the graphic novel.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Bryan Cranston originally turned down the part of Jim Gordon because he thought this project was based on Batman (1966). He accepted after he read the script.


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