'The Dark Knight Returns' Animated Movie In The Works?

The Dark Knight ReturnsThere have been rumblings for years about a potential adaptation of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," but a new rumor suggests that we're closer than ever to seeing the project happen — only as an animated movie instead of a live-action film.

According to Bleeding Cool, anonymous sources have indicated that an animated "The Dark Knight Returns" is not only planned, but work is already underway on bringing the story of Batman in his twilight years to the screen. The site reports that "The Dark Knight Returns" movie will likely mimic the original artistic style of its source material, much like this year's "All-Star Superman" movie.

Before you get too excited, however, keep in mind that everything related to the project is entirely unofficial at this point — and there's no guarantee that we'll see such such a film.

Still, the site hints that "several veterans of Batman toons past will be on the crew list," which could mean some familiar voices for longtime fans if everything pans out. If such a film is in production, it will likely have to get in line behind "Batman: Year One," an adaptation of another of Miller's Batman tales rumored to be in production.

For those who haven't been following along at home, this isn't the first time "The Dark Knight Returns" almost made it to the screen. Way back in January 2010, "Book Of Eli" directors The Hughes Brothers revealed that they were once offered the chance to direct a live-action version of the comic.

Back in 2009, "Superman" reboot director Zack Snyder also confessed that he's been hoping for a chance to bring Miller's geriatric Batman to the big screen.

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