Last night I watched Batman: Year One and thought it was great. I'm not very knowledgable about the different Batman versions but I know that this one is part of Frank Miller's adaptations.

Are there any other cartoons or films that are direct adaptations from Batman comics? I don't mean simply an influence on but rather I'm looking for a direct adaptation as this one was.

  • Wikipedia might be a start. I.e. The Dark Knight Returns 1 & 2.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 17, 2016 at 17:22
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    Define "based"? Many Batman films are based on Frank Miller's works, first and foremost the Nolan trilogy.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 17, 2016 at 17:23
  • I guess what I really want is more of the same so more accurately would be "direct adaptations". I'm not interested in something that just has a few elements or is partially influenced by. With Batman: Year One, it took a comic book by Frank Miller and made it into a frame by frame cartoon version of the original. So that's more of what I'm looking for. I've updated the wording in my question to reflect this.
    – sanpaco
    Aug 17, 2016 at 17:52
  • Well, in this case see my first comment. Yet, this smells a little of a recommendation question.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 17, 2016 at 18:05
  • I can see how it comes across that way which is why I want to be careful in communicating that I'm not just asking "hey what Batman cartoons are cool like this one".
    – sanpaco
    Aug 17, 2016 at 18:21

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In short, yes.

The Dark Knight Returns comic, also written by Miller, was animated in two parts around 2013 and is quite good. TDKR stayed pretty true to the comic. Batman v Superman drew some inspiration from this, including Batman's suit, but TDKR was simply better than BvS.

In addition, The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore, was just animated recently but did not stay as true to the comic as TDKR, nor was it quite as well received. Miller was not involved in writing or animating The Killing Joke.

  • I think TKJ stayed true to the comic (even Wikipedia mentions that the film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised it for its voice acting and faithfulness to the source material), they only added the Batgirl prologue. Aug 18, 2016 at 6:55
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    I just realized the best way to answer this was right on IMDb all along. By looking at the writing credits on Frank Miller's profile, there is clarification to whether he was an actual writer, creator of character's, or wrote the comic or graphic novel for different adaptations of his work.
    – sanpaco
    Aug 21, 2016 at 23:37

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