While The Dark Knight decided to rise in theaters this past summer, one of the most loved graphic novels of all time The Dark Knight Returns will be adapted into a two-part animated film that will kick off in just three weeks. Of the announced voice cast thus far, the actors set to portray the popular DC Comics characters include Peter Weller, Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Wade Williams (Prison Break), Michael McKean and more. But as for just who will be involved as the second part rolls around in Early 2013 has remained a mystery. Now today, we get one of our first looks inside the concluding act of the story as one actor jumps from Lost to playing Batman’s arch rival The Joker.
TV Guide has revealed today that Michael Emerson will be playing The Clown Prince of Gotham in The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. Emerson joins former Human Target series lead Mark Valley, who will be portraying an older version of The Man of Steel himself Superman in the second part.
The actor spoke on the character saying, “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. “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. It’s freeing because of the largeness of it. 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.”
Emerson has won an Emmy for his work as Benjamin Linus in the hit ABC drama Lost, while he also proved to be victorious back in 2001 for winning an Emmy for his guest spot on The Practice. He’s be nominated five times over the course of nine years at the ceremony. This will be the latest resume addition to the actor who recently begun a career in voice acting next to his series regular role in the CBS drama Person of Interest. Emerson has supplied his voice to cartoon series G.I. Joe: Renegades and Generator Rex.
The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 hits Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on September 25th.