It’s a slightly perverse test, but it seems that folk are looking for the animated Batman: Year One to echo the comics as closely as possible.
Judging from everything I’d seen so far, I was thinking it was shaping up to pass this test with flying colours.
But animation is not comics. Things have to change in the transition between media.
One sequence that exemplified the difficulties was one in which Batman makes one of his first attempts at fighting crime. He attacks a trio of burglars on a fire escape and the entire battle takes as long as it does for a dropped television to hit the ground. It worked well in the medium of comics, where time is flexible, but took some effort to make work in animation.
“Once you have something in motion, once it starts dropping, you’re on a clock, this kind of intuitive kind of clock,” says Liu.
Batman: Year One was animated by MOI Animation in Korea, which gave the story more of an anime style than the original comic book had. Liu says the animation had to be updated to meet modern expectations in a number of ways.
“People want to see more combo movies,” he says. “They want to see almost like a ballet kind of choreographed fight and I just think that stuff that passed in the 1990s doesn’t really fly anymore.”
He’s not wrong.
I’d recommend checking out the whole article. They’ve put a lot into it.
And that “a lot” included these new images. You can be the judge of how faithful these look, and/or how delicious:
Batman: Year One is relased on US DVD and Blu-rayon October 18th. Looks great to me.