The first clip from DC’s direct-to-DVD animated Batman: Year One movie looks fine. Really. I’m not really a fan of The OC’s Ben McKenzie trying to do a Batman voice, but whatever. My concern is this — of all the clips DC could have picked to promote the movie, did they really have to pick the one where Kevin Smith retroactively decided that Batman pissed himself? Because it’s all I can think of while watching it, and it’s not doing Year One any favors. (Via Comics Alliance)
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