The 2011 animated film followed the original story and remained incredibly faithful to Millers story - often lifting chunks of dialogue directly from the comic book and putting them into the mouths of the characters. It's basically an origin story but it took the original path of treating Batman almost as a secondary character, with the main emphasis of the story centring on Jim Gordon who has newly arrived in the hell hole that is Gotham.
Like the original story arc which was suggested for mature readers, the film is aimed at the more mature fan and carries much the same tone as Nolan's Batman Begins, which itself borrowed several elements from the Year One storyline. The animation is of the best quality and often looks like a live action film, but overall it keeps the classic Batman look but presents it through a noir tinged filter.
|Lt Gordon kicks arse!|
The film features mature themes and is a totally engrossing viewing experience that is a million miles removed from the cartoons of old. Not for nothing is Batman: Year One considered one of the greatest comic stories of all time.