So, Batman: Year One is a 2011 Action, Crime, Animated Film, based on the DC comic book of the same name by: Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli. Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito, Alex Rocco, Katee Sackhoff.
'The lives of Police Lieutenant, James Gordon and Billionaire, Vigilante, Bruce Wayne are explored in the first year of Batman.'
An adaptation that comes across as perfect and bland at the same time.
I love the plot as a Batman origin story on his first year as the vigilante. Audiences will be stunned by the incredible voice talent of Cranston as James Gordon. This is more of a Gordon story and I wish that the TV Show, GOTHAM took more inspiration from. Eliza Dushku as Catwoman was awesome as this sexy and fierce character from the source material. The animation and character design is good. A great homage to the comic. I love the noire feel to the entire film. And the action scenes are intense and fun.
My biggest complaint is the film doesn't add it's own voice, so to speak. The inner monologue that both Batman and Gordon give could become irritating since there was more of that rather than dialogue. Inner monologue is great, but is better suited to the comic. McKenzie is okay as Batman. Not exactly a standout performance as he came across emotionless and bland. And the film is extremely fast-paced that it can come across rushed.
In the end, there is plenty to like about this film, but an equal amount to dislike. As a fan of Batman and the comic book I was a fan of the film, but audiences unsure of the character and story might find this film rushed and boring. I'll give BATMAN: YEAR ONE a B-
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