The cast for the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original production ofThe Dark Knight Returns, an adaptation of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s 1986 masterpiece, just got even more impressive. Here’s the cast we knew: Peter Weller (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Ariel Winter as Robin, David Selby (Commissioner Gordon), Mark Valley (Superman),Wade Williams (Harvey Dent) and Michael McKean (Dr. Wolper). Now, we officially have our Joker – Person of Interest’s Michael Emerson. Fans of internet speculation will remember that Emerson’s name was tossed around by fans as a candidate to play The Riddler inChristopher Nolan’s third Batman film; as we all know, though, that character wasn’t used in the film. It’s nice to see that he found another way into Gotham.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Dark Knight Returns, know that it’s a tale of an aged Batman brought out of retirement in a bleak, future Gotham ruled by a gang called the Mutants. The book’s take on Batman, according to Miller, was inspired by Dirty Harry, which you can definitely feel while reading it. I highly suggest reading this one as soon as possible if you haven’t already.
While it’s a bit sad to think of a Batman animated feature without Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil as Batman and the Joker, Peter Weller and Michael Emerson are both dynamite choices. Emerson, as fan’s of The animated film will be released digitally and to Blu-ray and DVD in two parts. The first installment arrives on September 25; the second will be available in “early 2013.”
September 4, 2012
by Rich Sands
Michael Emerson’s latest gig is no joke. The man best known as Lost’s über-manipulator Ben Linus and Person of Interest’s calculating Harold Finch is taking on one of pop culture’s most iconic villains, the Joker, in the upcoming animated DVD-movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. In the film, a harrowing adaptation of Frank Miller’s seminal 1986 DC Comics series, the depraved Clown Prince of Crime renews his rivalry with an aging Batman, who has just reemerged in Gotham City after a decade. (Part 2 comes out in early 2013; Part 1 is available Sept. 25 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and on demand.)
“He’s one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers — he has a face for the world and a face for himself,” the Emmy-winning Emerson says of the Joker. “He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time.”
Playing the unbridled fervor of the Joker was a switch from some of the more emotionally controlled roles on Emerson’s resumé. “It’s freeing because of the largeness of it,” he says. “When he laughs, there’s nothing subdued about it. When he screams in rage, there’s nothing controlled about it. The amp is turned to 11 at all times.”
Batman is voiced by RoboCop star Peter Weller, while Modern Family’s Ariel Winter plays Gotham’s new female Robin. Part 2’s cast also includes Human Target vet Mark Valley as Superman.
Once again, Michael Emerson lends his great voice to a new project.
Warner Brothers is releasing on September 25, 2012, the animated feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. which will star Ariel Winter as Robin, Peter Weller as Batman, Michael Emerson as Joker, and Michael McKean. The feature is helmed by DC veteran Jay Oliva who also directed Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Both the DVD and the Blu-Ray will be available through amazon.com. Should enter “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 ” in the amazon search box on the left of this blog, and you will be able to purchase this wonderful DVD with Michael Emerson’s great voice.
The hit CBS drama Person of Interest has it all: suspicion, crime-fighting, Jim Caviezel as a presumed-dead ex-CIA enforcer on the streets, Emmy Award winnerMichael Emerson as the genius behind The Machine that sees all, Academy and Emmy Award-nominated Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman as the New York City detectives who are onto their game.
Join cast members at 92YTribeca for this exclusive sneak peak of the second season premiere, followed by a conversation, as last season’s #1 new television series returns to CBS on Thursday, September 27 (9-10 pm ET/PT).
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