Sam Liu Reveals Details About DC's Upcoming Animated Film BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Published: February 19, 2011 - 12:26pm
Exclusive: The All Star Superman director offers a bit of insight into the company's next animated adaptation, including what was added to the film to augment the comic series' storyline.
Batman: Year One -- otherwise known simply as Year One -- is a 1987 comic book story arc written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli. The story recounts the beginning of Bruce Wayne's career as Batman and Jim Gordon's with the Gotham City Police Department. Bruce returns home from training abroad in martial arts, manhunting, and science for the past 12 years, while Gordon moves to Gotham with his wife, Barbara, after a transfer from Chicago. Both are swiftly acquainted with the corruption and violence of Gotham City, and vow to make a difference in their own way.
DC Universe Animated Original Movies is tackling the fan-favorite storyline as their next project after Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and All-Star Superman, and the film's director Sam Liu was kind enough to offer a few updates on the project:
"We have initial footage in; it's not 100 % complete right now. Lauren [Montgomery ] and I are co-directing Year One and I have since been moved off onto the Green Lantern series, so I feel bad because she's doing most of the heavy lifting right now. I try to do as little what I can... So far, it's quite good."
In regards to the comics accuracy of the adaptation, Liu stated that the company is staying very faithful to Miller's work. But one change in particular should help incorporate backstory to the tale, while adding a bit of originality:
"[It] was mandated from the beginning that this was going to be straight to the point and not to waiver from the story. Actually, the graphic novel itself is a little bit short. Normally we're taking like 12 issues of something and kind of like compress it, and in this case it's a pretty short graphic novel so we were actually under.
"What we had to do was add a short on top of it. So, instead of just creating some thing to put into the story; we decided to just end it where it ends and then just add something else."
No release date has been set for Batman: Year One; while All Star Superman, featuring the voice talents of James Denton and Christina Hendricks, hits stores this week and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is scheduled to be released June 7th, 2011.