Frank Miller was always the perfect writer to realize the cathartic justice and near-psychotic hypocrisy inherent in Batman, and to my pleasant surprise Jay Olivia's film is doggedly faithful to his graphic novel. Seeing the vulnerable, over-the-hill Bruce Wayne (voiced by the spectacular Peter Weller) rediscover his passion for punishing sinister evildoers is truly compelling. Can't wait to see Part 2.
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, this film is dark and gritty just like the original novel. Peter Weller is the voice of Batman, while I am used to Kevin Conroy doing the voice it's good to see a change. I think he does a great job. Oliva tries to keep the animation looking the same as the graphic novel and I think its done wonderfully.
Watching this again after reading the graphic novel made me realized what a child of its time it is. It has the time very late cold war tonality that our children won't understand. The animated adaption is pretty true to the original including it's weaknesses. The voice cast is ok, could have been better.
Quite possibly the most solid and faithful adaptation of a graphic novel yet. Any liberties taken are an improvement. The character design and voice acting were top-notch. My only gripe was breaking it up into 2 parts but since it was in the interest of being able to churn out a quality production I'll shut up.