Peter Weller to Voice Batman in ‘The Dark Knight Returns’

Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams, and Michael McKean round out the cast for this animated adaptation of the Frank Miller classic.

The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 lands Peter Weller to voice Batman
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 lands Peter Weller to voice Batman
Warner Bros. has set the voice cast for its latest animated DC Comics Premiere Movie, The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, with Peter Weller signing on to voice Batman.

Modern Family actress Ariel Winter will voice The Dark Knight's sidekick, Robin, while Wade Williams is portraying Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean voices Dr. Wolper, the psychiatrist who releases The Joker from the insane asylum. David Selby has also joined the voice cast in an unknown role.

The story is set in a Gotham City where Batman has retired, and a criminal group dubbed The Mutants has taken over the city. A 55-year-old Bruce Wayne is summoned out of exile to stop The Joker, after an electromagnetic pulse ravages the city.

Jay Oliva is directing from a screenplay by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13), with Bruce W. Timm executive producing. Here's what the executive producer had to say about this legendary property.

"Dark Knight Returns is the granddaddy of beloved comics properties that we've ever attempted (to adapt). There is definitely the imperative to get it right."

The studio is splitting up Frank Miller's four-part graphic novel into two animated movies, with The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this fall, and Part 2 slated for release in early 2013.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 was released September 25th, 2012 and stars Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams, Michael McKean. The film is directed by Jay Oliva.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. SherlockHolmes2009

    @incmob Indeed, I like how you brought up Keaton he definetly had problems stepping up to be Batman, as many people never thought he could pull it off but he proved them wrong and he was praised at the time for his performance. Your right about BTAS its still hailed today as the best Batman cartoon ever and one of the greatest cartoons ever. Im more than willing to give Weller a chance to portray Batman in Dark Knight Returns, but no matter how old I get I'll always remember Conroys voice as Batman and Hamill as The Joker everytime I read one of my Batman graphic novels, I just gotta get to reading The Dark Knight Returns, never have read it

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  2. incmob

    @SherlockHolmes2009 i agree and good points made. conroy IS the definitive... hell i was happy to hear him the batman arkham games, but you are right... even today BTAS is hailed as one of the greatest cartoon productions... partly because of great voice actors such as conroy, hamill, moll, perlman, sorkin among many others. If keaton redefined batman on screen (not that there was much to compare him to), then conroy definately redefined him in animation. So I do give him a lot of my respect, as i give keaton a lot of respect... neither one had much to expand from before they came along and their interpretations were both well done.

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  3. SherlockHolmes2009

    @incmob Now I didnt say no one else can do the voice, I enjoyed Batman Year One adaption greatly, what I mean is that Conroy has done a phenominal job at doing the Batman voice it would be incredibly difficult to imagine another voice that would be as good as him. Now for a future Batman and old batman yes you probably cant use Conroy, you need someone who sounds alittle older in their voice to pull it off. I agree to bring in other voice actors to continue the dark knight legend but its Conroys popularity that makes alot of people say that he's the definetive voice of Batman

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  4. skywise

    He definatly has a gruff voice. I think it will work nicely for the Bat.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. incmob

    @SherlockHolmes2009 you are right that conroy has found his place but to say he can never be REPLACED is absurd, even . I believe actors and voice actors make the characters iconic by the way they portray them, but (and this argument will be until the end of time) i believe there is an opportunity out there to expand... conroy was a great batman... yes... for the animated series... but that voice should not define every single batman, including a future batman, old batman, alternate reality batman, and yes... even frank millers batman. If they were to go back and do a continuation series of the animated series, same art, but different cast... it would be weird... hell i remember when they replaced venkman in the real ghost busters... i was 12 and i could tell his voice changed. I was even one of the very few that felt tobey maguire was peter parker and could not be replaced... at least not 10 years after the first film but i have warmed up to garfield's performance and look for the new film. voice actors are distinguished... i will say that, but i say give other voice actors the chance to not replace conroy, but to expand the legend of the dark knight detective.

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  6. Alan Solares

    Its great that the original Robocop (Peter Weller) is doing the voice of Batman.

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  7. ejk1

    @superman81 I don't care :P

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. SherlockHolmes2009

    @superman81 No one can replace Conroy as Batman, he's found his place in history as the voice of Batman along with Mark Hamill as Joker. Im still excited to see this none the less

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  9. Corey W.

    DC comics FTW. Personally, I like DC a percent more than MARVEL.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. Superman81

    @incmob I agree I don't think anyone can ever top Conroy as the voice of Batman but its good to see them give someone else a shot. I live Tim Daly as Superman but they have used a couple other people as the voice and its worked out well. Just hope they don't ever forget who made the animated Batman who he is today

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  11. Superman81

    @ejk1 I disagree

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  12. incmob

    Nice... i love conroy but am willing to see where peter weller can take the character. They better not screw the pooch on this... I still loved BTAS when they paid homage to DKR. They did a hell of job back then so i am only hoping the best for this. havent been all that happy with the recent batman animated movies lately.

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  13. jasdjqs


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  14. TheDude1

    @renodc Yeah thank God it was only a broken leg and nothing worse. He is such a great actor.

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  15. renodc

    @thedude1 Yep. I think he ended up with a broken leg.

    3 years agoby @renodcFlag

  16. TheDude1

    This is awesome. Can't wait for this. But did anyone hear that Michael McKean got ran over by a car? Just read that story last night.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  17. ejk1

    Conroy is Batman. More than Keaton, more than Bale, more than West. Conroy is Batman.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. Newtron

    @bawnian-dexeus : Yeah, I'm with you. Conroy as Batman has been engraved into my mind, not to mention that it's so iconic. Although, I am interested to see what Peter Weller does with the character. He should do some takes with the Robocop voice, just for fun HA HA

    3 years agoby @newtronFlag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Though Kevin Conroy should do the voicing

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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