'Batman: Year One' Animated Feature On The Way?

Year OneAlmost ten years ago, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller collaborated on a potential live-action adaptation of "Batman: Year One," from the original comics by Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli.

And while that vision of Batman never fully materialized on screen, it may be coming soon as an animated feature.

According to Comics Continuum, "Batman: Year One" is being adapted as one of Warner Home Video's DC Universe animated movies. Sam Liu was cited as the director of the project. Liu has previously directed "Hulk Vs.," "Planet Hulk," "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" and co-directed "Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths."

While Warner Brothers has not confirmed the report, the idea of making another Batman animated feature does make sense following comments made by Bruce Timm earlier this year regarding the greater response to the "Batman," "Superman" and "Justice League" films. An adaptation of "Batman: Under The Red Hood" is already slated to be the next DC animated movie.

"Batman: Year One" was first published by DC in 1987. The four-issue storyline took place in the earliest days of Batman's career, with Lt. Jim Gordon as the co-protagonist. The story also contains several controversial moments, including its depiction of Catwoman as a dominatrix and a prostitute as well as Gordon's extra-marital affair with another cop.

However, "Batman: Year One" is also considered one of the most influential Batman stories, with the seminal "Batman: The Long Halloween" serving as an unofficial sequel. Several elements from "Year One" were also used in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," most notably the last scene of the film between Batman and Gordon in addition to the film's use of at least three characters created by Miller and Mazzucchelli: Commissioner Loeb, Detective Flass and Carmine 'The Roman' Falcone.

What are your thoughts on a potential "Batman: Year One" animated movie? How closely should it follow the original comic? Who would you cast as the voice of the young Batman? Light the Batsignal and let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!

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