Batman: Year One is a 2011 animated superhero film, based on the four-issue story arc of the same name printed in 1987. It premiered at Comic-Con on July 22 and was officially released October 18, 2011. The film was directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu. It is the 12th film released under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner and was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital copy.
The animated adaptation contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The film expands or completely adds a few scenes and makes things the comic left subtle a bit more obvious. The biggest example is a scene demonstrating that the girl Bruce had over during the Gordons' visit was simply The Beard working for $5000.
- Adaptation Name Change: A minor sort, but Branden's name to modified to Brendon.
- Adaptational Wimp: Batman. While the original comic book is fairly realistic, he's still doing things like kicking down trees and brick chimneys. Here he's toned down so he's only doing things athletes in peak condition can do.
- Adapted Out:
- Branden's second in command, Pratt, is omitted, with Branden/Brendon taking his place as the one Batman punches through a wall.
- The movie also removes mentions of Loeb's resignation and his successor, Grogan.
- Bringing Running Shoes to a Car Chase: Bruce Wayne (not as Batman) chases a car on foot, going as far as to run on rooftops and jump down onto another truck.
- Creative Closing Credits: The first part of the film's credits shows off panels from the newsprint version of the comic.
- Demoted to Extra: In the animated adaptation, Dent is only seen and mentioned once when Gordon investigates him on the belief he is Batman. In the comic he was one of the main three that took down the corrupt network (aside from Batman and Gordon) but he was either not mentioned or his involvement was given to Gordon (such as the reason IA was going after Flass was Dent's doing in the comic but Gordon's in the film and the reason Skeeter was given parole was Dent's doing so Batman could interrogate him). This was most likely due to focus more on Gordon and Batman's beginnings.
- Role Reprisal/Vocal Evolution: Jeff Bennett reprises his role from Young Justice as Alfred, though his performance here sounds quite a bit different from his performance in Young Justice.
- Shout-Out: The film changes some of the toys stolen from Loeb into a Huckleberry Hound and an Elmer Fudd.
- Skintone Sclerae: All of the character designs sport these, as do the designs in the DC Showcase: Catwoman short attached to it.