When THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was announced last year, I was hoping that Warner Brothers would splurge and hire the one and only Clint Eastwood to voice Bruce Wayne and Batman. That didn't happen, but DC Entertainment did a terrific job in getting a voice regardless. According to Hollywood Reporter, Peter Weller, RoboCop himself, will be voicing Wayne/Batman in this animated adaptation of Frank Miller's classic story. If he can drop in a "Your move, creep" here and there that'd be just dandy.
THR reported other voices that have bene cast so far - Ariel Winter (MODERN FAMILY) will be the voice of Robin, Wade Williams (PRISON BREAK) is Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean will play the psychiatrist Dr. Wolper, who worked in getting Dent released from Arkham Asylum and works with the Joker. On a related note, we wish Michael McKean a speedy recovery from his auto accident yesterday. No word on Joker casting yet, but wouldn't it be a trip if they got Kurtwood Smith or John Lithgow to do it?
I know this is a direct-to-DVD movie, and animated to boot, but it's important that WB gets this one right. I don't anticipate a live-action adaptation for quite some time, and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ain't for kids. WB will be releasing this in two parts - THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 1 and PART 2, so while I'm not sure that two parts were necessary, they seem to at least be aware of the scope of the story. DC and Warner Brothers know that the fans are fairly rabid for this one, and hopefully we'll get THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS properly done and with no punches pulled. Peter Weller is a great start on that road.