Wait, The Dark Knight Returns Is Becoming an Animated Film?


Huh? So there’s apparently going to be an animated version of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns? How would that work exactly? While I begin to wrap my head around what this all means, here’s the scant amount of info that is available via Bleeding Cool:

Bleeding Cool have heard from multiple sources (enough with the
multiples already) that work is underway on a movie adaptation of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson‘s classic The Dark Knight Returns. As you might have guessed, however, this is to be an animated adaptation, much like the recent All Star Superman or in-the-works Year One.

Fittingly, Year One will come along first, but DKR
is already in the early stages of development. According to our sources,
several veterans of Batman toons past will be on the crew list, though
we’re still trying to confirm who is writing and directing the film.

As someone who has enjoyed the various DC animated flicks I’ve watched, this sounds both promising and a very terrible idea. Would the flick retain the unrelenting tone and visual style of the source material? How involved, if at all, would Miller be? At this point, this story is just slightly more than a rumor. I hesitated on reporting it to guys, but since The Dark Knight Returns is such an iconic work/fan favorite that I felt I’d be remiss if I didn’t post about it. Part of me would love to this play out on screen (though ideally that would be 10 or 20 years from now, with Nolan and Bale reteaming to film it). But I suppose I would settle for an animated take on the story. Then again, as much as I enjoy the direct-to-DVD toons both Marvel and DC put out they always feel watered down to me. I dunno. This story is really fucking with my head. Thanks a heap, DC cartoon makers.