EXCLUSIVE: ‘Batman: Year One’ Trailer Is Here!

“The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t hit theaters until July 2012, but you’ll have another opportunity to visit Gotham City much sooner than that thanks to “Batman: Year One,” the next installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series — and we’ve got an extensive first look at the film for you today.

We’re more than pleased to present the very first trailer for “Batman: Year One,” co-directors Sam Liu and Lauren Montgomery’s animated adaptation of the classic Frank Miller comic book story of the same name.

“Batman: Year One” focuses not just on Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader but also on many of the surrounding “Batman” characters we’ve grown to love over the years, including eventual commissioner Jim Gordon, his partner Sarah Essen, and the stunning Selina Kyle (who’s also the subject of her very own “Catwoman” animated short, as we reported yesterday).

But Batman himself is clearly the main draw here, and the trailer make sure to get that point across. Describing himself as “a raw, angry nerve,” we hear Bruce explain his reasoning behind his war on crime: “This isn’t about healing. I’m not looking for closure.” Damn straight.

“Batman: Year One,” starring Benjamin McKenzie as Bruce Wayne, Bryan Cranston as Jim Gordon, Eliza Dushku as Catwoman and Katee Sackhoff as Sarah Essen, will be available October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand and for download. It’ll also have its world premiere at this year’s Comic-Con on Friday (July 22) at 8:00 PM in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion with cast and crew.

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