Peter Weller is Batman in new Dark Knight Returns Cartoon

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  1. Tekkaman Blade

    Tekkaman Blade Professor of Animation

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    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.
     
  2. Switch625

    Switch625 "Up, up, and away!"

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    I was really hoping for Michael Ironside.
     
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    Should definitely be interesting. Though I wonder who they'll get to voice the Joker.
     
  4. Aernaroth

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    Kurtwood Smith, I hope.
     
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    Perfect choice!
     
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    "Dead or alive, you're coming with me, Joker!"
     
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    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Robocop as Batman.....Holy crap that is brillaint.

    Even though i expected Michael Ironside. Also +1 for Ariel Winter as the female Robin. She's great on Modern Family so i have no complaints.
     
  8. UltraAlanMagnus

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    Obivisly they Need Steven Blum as The Joker in the Movie.
     
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    why no Kevin Conroy as Batman? He is the best one!!!
     
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    Sweet candy apples, YES. About time this happened, especially considering that teaser they gave us in that one episode of The New Batman Adventures.

    Tim Curry. I can only dream.
     
  11. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    I will always want Conroy but Robocop as Batman...I'll buy that for a dollar.
     
  12. TylerMirage

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    Same reason why Welker isn't always Megatron. Or Daly isn't always Superman. Variety. I can't wait to hear Weller as Batman.

    "Freeze, scumbag!"

    Steve Blum is someone that I really want to see as Joker.

    May I join you in that dream, Nacht? ;)  Curry would make a b**chin' Joker!
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    Man, I really want to hear a lot of VAs as Joker. :lol 
     
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    YES! Peter Weller FTW! And I too would adore seeing Curry as the Joker. Friggin' Darkness as the Joker. Bring it on!
     
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    awesome.
     
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    Last time we got variety we got a Baldwin brother as Batman.
    No thanks. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Kevin Conroy for Batman!
     
  17. TylerMirage

    TylerMirage I vawnt my berdt.

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    Touche. :lol 

    But on the other hand, we also got Bruce Greenwood, Rino Romano, Diedrich Bader and other great (or at least good) Batmen (Batmans?).
     
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    Awesome news. I wonder, who they'll cast as Superman though...
     
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    Tim Curry would have been the DCAU Joker had his voice not gave out almost after every recording.

    What could have been...

    What if Tim Curry star as the Joker? - YouTube
     
  20. Lord Of Tetris

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    Tim Curry's voice gave out after each recording? I could swear I saw a DVD special feature where someone (Andrea Romano? Kevin Conroy? Mark Hamill?) said that Tim Curry's voice was great but too scary, and Joker had to be recast by someone who wouldn't completely terrify the kids.
     

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