One of the main reasons Christopher Nolan's Batman films have been so incredibly successful is that they have used parts from some of the greatest Batman stories ever told. In developing the major characters for both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the Nolans and David S. Goyer used multiple elements from comics like Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween, and Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, but ultimately went a separate path to develop the story arc. Now one of those comics is getting an adaptation of it's very own.

Comics Continuum reports that Miller's famous Batman origin story will get its own full length animated films to be put out Warner Home Video. Speaking with unnamed sources (Warner Bros. didn't "confirm the film's existence"), they also said that Sam Liu, who has previously worked on Batman material in the form of seven episodes from the WB series The Batman and the most recent Warner Home Video release, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, will direct the project.

Though arguably not as good as The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One is an incredible story that many view as the quintessential origin for one of the greatest comic book characters of all time. For those concerned that an animated film won't do the book justice, go out and rent Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Gotham Knight, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. You may be pleasantly surprised by how fantastic they are.

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