Warner Premiere is the imprint behind last year's Batman: Year One, based on the comic book by Miller and David Mazzucchelli, as well as the more recent Justice League: Doom, animated Blu-ray and DVD releases designed to appeal to comic fans.
To tell Miller's sprawling, dense, and audacious story of an aged Bruce Wayne once again donning the cape and cowl in a futuristic Gotham, Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will be dividing the story into two films, Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn-style. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2 are set to hit retail shelves and digital download this fall and early 2013, respectively.
Jay Oliva is directing both halves from a script by Bob Goodman, a veteran of many DC cartoons and the SyFy series Warehouse 13. Oliva has served as a stroyboard artist on DC animated features All-Star Superman, Batman: Year One, and Batman: Under the Red Hood, as well as Zach Snyder's live-action Superman movie Man of Steel. He also co-directed Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and directed the similar Marvel movies Doctor Strange and The Invincible Iron Man.
The Dark Knight Returns features a cast of familiar voices, starting with Peter Weller as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Weller is most known for his role as Alex Murphy aka RoboCop in Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop and the first sequel. He recently finished up work on a role in J.J. Abrams's untitled Star Trek sequel, too. Ariel Winter, who plays brainy middle child Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, will voice Carrie Kelly, the teenage girl who takes up the mantle of Robin.
David Selby, the Dark Shadows alum who appeared as a lawyer in The Social Network, is set to lend his voice to an unspecified character. Perhaps it's Superman, whose adherence to a corrupted American way put him on a collision course with the more radicalized Batman? Wade Williams of Prison Break will provide the voice of Harvey Dent, whose face and psyche have supposedly been repaired from his days as Two-Face. This is Spinal Tap star and all-around funny guy Michael McKean, who was injured after being hit by an automobile in Manhattan earlier this week, voices Dr. Wolper, the Joker's sychiatrist.