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Trivia for the comics

  • Creator Backlash: David Mazzucchelli, the artist, has expressed distaste and regret, in an afterword to later collected editions of the story, for its controversial Post-Crisis origin for Catwoman as a former sex worker. He now considers that it adds unduly sleazy and adolescent content to a genre essentially aimed at children (although this is a bit ahistorical, as Catwoman was created in the Golden Age at a time when superhero comics were intended for both a child and adult audience and often contained quite a bit of sex and violence, and she was Exiled from Continuity for much of the Silver Age precisely because she was considered too sexualised for children.)
  • Follow the Leader: This storyline was so successful, it kicked off the various "Year One" storylines in DC, and Marvel.
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    • Ironically, Batman Year Two (following immediately after this story) by a different creative team) is now all but forgotten.
  • What Could Have Been: Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller wrote a script for a very loose, R-rated live-action film adaptation of the comic, which was set to reboot the Batman film franchise after the failure of Batman & Robin. The executives ended up passing on the Year One script because they felt it would have been too dark and bleak for parents to bring their children to.
    • Said script made Bruce into an outright maniac who wrote letters to his dead father, lived out of a garage owned by a black mechanic named Little Al (the script's version of Alfred), and MacGyvered up all his crime-fighting gear from parts he bought at a local hardware store. It ended with Bruce inheriting his fortune and moving into Wayne Manor with Little Al.
    • Prior to that, Joel Schumacher had wanted to adapt Year One when he was brought in to replace Tim Burton, and even got Miller to help him write a draft. However, Warner Bros wanted something more family-friendly due to complaints from Moral Guardians, and we got Batman Forever instead.

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Trivia for the animated film:

  • Acting for Two: The animated film has Steve Blum voicing at least three minor characters.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • 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, being gruffer than in YJ.
    • In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:
  • The Animated Adaptation of Year One was released the same day as Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, and shares a lot of the same voice talent: Grey DeLisle (Barbara Eileen-Gordon and Vicki Vale) is Catwoman, Vicki Vale (again), Stacy Baker, and Martha Wayne; Steve Blum (Stan) reprising the role of Killer Croc and voicing Sickle; Fred Tatasciore (Flass and Johnny Vitti) reprising the role of Bane and voicing Solomon Grundy and Mr. Hammer; and Danny Jacobs (Flass's lawyer) reprising the role of Zsasz.
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