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Batman: Under the Red Hood

A DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on the "A Death in the Family" and "Under the Hood" Batman comic story lines.

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  • Aug 31, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition)




Batman Under the Red Hood is a new DC Universe animated film based on a few different Batman comics that started with “A death In the Family”. The story as I am sure you know by now centers around the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin. I will point out from the beginning this is no “Mask of the Phantasm” but is by no means a horrible film either. For those of us who read the comics already know basically what the deal is but it was still interesting in seeing how they would fit all that they wanted into an average length film. Did they accomplish what they needed to make this a classic, no, but it is not the worst the company has put out either.


We start off with the Joker and Robin [Jason Todd] spending a wonderful night together all cozy with a crowbar. Well it is actually Joker who is cozy as he is beating young Todd to death and having a great time doing it. Batman is on his way but he does not make it in time as the Joker is gone and Robin is killed by a bomb. Fast forward and time has gone by as Bruce Wayne is still trying to cope with what happened. But it seems he is no longer the big fish in town and neither is Black Mask who’s empire is falling to a new crime lord, the Red Hood. The Red Hood has been used by many people including most famously by the Joker, but who is this new guy who can out run and play Batman.


So the race is one as Batman not only has to deal with Black Mask and this new guy named the Red Hood but it seems that the Joker is some how involved. Add in his former partner Night Wing is trying to help out where he can, by the way he was the first Robin but our boy wonder grew up. Now throw in a few more guys and events and you have one rushed and convoluted film, but it is still fun. But to be honest with all that is going on this film seems like it could have been a great miniseries for the DC Universe. But alas it was not meant to be as they crammed as much as they could into this film.


That is over all the main problem with this film, to much in such a short time. Everything else seems fine from the animation to the voice acting. Speaking of voice acting John DiMaggio did an excellent job as the Joker in this film. Everyone else here does a good job as well and all the performances are top notch. Written by Judd Winick and directed by Brandon Vietti this film while heavily mixed with different stories does miss out on a lot that the books had. I could go into all that it missed but that is covered in other reviews but I do recommend reading all the comics.


Also there is an excellent short animated film on Jonah Hex that I highly recommend, I really enjoyed it. It is about a lady, a working lady if you know what I mean, who lures drunk men upstairs only for them never to be seen again. It is just like I said a short film but it is very very good. Also we have a lot of in depth looks at other DC Universe films and two episodes from the excellent Batman animated series from the 90’s, 2 about Robin and his origin. As well as an in depth look a Robin in a documentary called “Robin: The Story of Dick Grayson”.


This two disc set is very much worth the price and I do think you should get it when you have the chance. Sure this is far from a classic, well maybe not far because it had potential to be the best. But it fell a little short but remains a very entertaining film and 2-disc set, the special features alone are great. So if you are a fan of DC, Batman, The Joker, or just comics in general I say buy it.


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September 01, 2010
Hey, this review is formatted differently LOL! just like a tree.... You know I liked this one, but it just came short in storytelling and some areas felt really gimmicky. Have you read the comics? They were quite good. Thanks for posting this in our Movie Hype Community!
September 01, 2010
Yes indeed sir I have read the comics, I was actually thinking of reviewing them. Well at least "A Death In The Family", I think I will.
September 16, 2010
Great! I've been thinking of reviewing that title for REALITY INKED; but I think I'll hold off. I want you to tackle that one first since I have other titles I want to review...
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review by . August 09, 2010
3 ½ Stars: Dark, Action-Packed, Fun But Misses Emotional Opportunity...
I’ve never been such a big fan of producer Bruce Timm’s animated movies that feature characters from the DC universe. I always looked at them as the way Michael Bay or J.J. Abrams would take familiar characters and rearrange certain plot devices to suit the needs of an animated movie. Timm’s creations could always entertain, but while they do somewhat give tribute to the source material, he does get overzealous that he loses sight of what the original stories were meant to express …
review by . August 02, 2010
Timm and Co. Have Done it Again
   For those of you who have thought the latest DC Comics adaptations from Bruce Timm and the WB have been more on so-so than really awesome, prepare to be impressed by this latest release. On par or even better than the Mask of the Phantasm and Return of the Joker videos; this movie is based outside of the "Timm-verse"; Batman The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Superman, Justice League, etc and is based on the comic's "Under the Hood" and "A Death in the …
review by . August 02, 2010
What lies beneath the Red Hood?
   This is by far the most violent Batman cartoon I've seen and if it weren't for the lack of blood, this film could rank among the more violent movies I've watched in terms of body count and physical beatings.      Black Mask's power over the drug lords in Gotham is waning as a new villain, Red Hood, is quickly taking control of the trade.  Red Hood's motives are good but his methods are unethical--he will he will clean up Gotham by straight …
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Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. Killing is an option. And when the Joker falls in the balance between the two, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.
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Director: Brandon Vietti
Genre: Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: July 27, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
Runtime: 75 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Comics
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