Warner Bros. Animation is swinging for the fences and turning Frank Miller's landmark graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns into not one, but two animated movies. And to play the aged—but not obsolete—Bruce Wayne, they've scored one of science fiction's most beloved actors.
Peter Weller will lend his voice to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to fight the Joker in a futuristic, media-saturated Gotham City with a female Robin by his side. Batman: The Animated Series veteran Bruce Timm is executive-producing and Jay Oliva—who storyboarded Zack Snyder's Man of Steel—is directing. (And Warehouse 13's Bob Goodman wrote the script.)
Timm is definitely aware of fan expectations for this, the 15th DC Comics animated feature: "Dark Knight Returns is the granddaddy of beloved comics properties that we've ever attempted [to adapt]. ... There is definitely the imperative to get it right." And to that end, he thinks Weller can summon the required heft: "He definitely brings all of the world-weariness of the character and inner core of optimist covered in a cynical shell."
Modern Family actress Ariel Winter will voice the female Robin, Carrie Kelly, and Michael McKean will voice the doctor who releases the Joker from the nuthouse. The first chapter will hit shelves this fall, while Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 will land in 2013.
(Via Heat Vision)