Monday, June 07, 2010

Warners Swoops In On "Batman: Year One"

According to sources, DC Comics' "Batman: Year One", the 1987, 4-issue comic book story arc, written by Frank Miller ("Sin City") and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, is being adapted into a Warner Home Video "DC Universe" animated film, directed by Sam Liu ("Justice League").

"Batman: Year One" recounts the origins of 'Bruce Wayne' as 'Batman' and 'Jim Gordon' as Commissioner with the 'Gotham City Police Department.

The story follows millionaire Bruce Wayne as he returns to America after training abroad in martial arts, 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, with Gordon witnessing his partner 'Detective Flass' assault an innocent teen.

Meanwhile Bruce Wayne, on a surveillance mission to the seedy East End, is propositioned by prostitute 'Holly Robinson', before being drawn into a violent brawl with her pimp, and attacked by several prostitutes, including dominatrix 'Selina Kyle'.

Wayne reaches his 'Manor' barely alive and sits before his father’s bust, requesting guidance in his war on crime. Just then a bat crashes through a window and settles on the bust, giving him the costume inspiration for a vigilante disguise.

Gordon attempts to rid the force from the corruption within, but on orders from 'Commissioner Loeb', several officers attack him, including Flass, who personally threatens Gordon’s pregnant wife. In revenge, the recovering Gordon tracks Flass down, leaving him handcuffed in the snow.

Gordon becomes a minor celebrity for several brave acts, but after Batman interrupts a dinner party attended by Gotham’s corrupt politicians and crime bosses, including 'Carmine Falcone', Loeb orders Gordon to bring him in by any means necessary.

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