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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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What lies beneath the Red Hood?

  • Aug 2, 2010
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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 up killing all the bad guys.  Batman's stance is clear, he cannot abide Red Hood's antics, but he soon finds himself trapped in an ethical quagmire when Joker comes between him and Red Hood.

Similar to Mask of the Phantasm, Under the Red Hood gives us a glimpse in to Batman's character, but whereas we came to know Bruce Wayne in Phantasm, we understand a bit more about Batman's psyche in Red Hood.  Of particular interest is Batman's ethical code of conduct and the film addresses Batman's seeming inability to simply rid the world of Joker.

Unlike Phantasm, however, this movie appears to blend a variety of visual styles.  Red Hood still retains the some of the noir qualities that helped make TAS famous, but design elements seen in Batman Beyond and Teen Titans are also present.  Interestingly, Red Hood's Gotham City appears to have been partly influenced by Nolan's films, suggesting that Warner Bros is mining the entire Batman franchise for artistic inspiration.

Despite their changing visual aesthetics, contemporary Batman television and film franchises have continued to be dark and violent, and Red Hood is no exception.  The film opens with Joker very nearly beating a man to death with a crowbar.  Later on, a man is burned alive, someone's head explodes, and countless victims are simply shot dead.  Nearly all the violence is couched within the delicate terms of the ethical treatment of criminals and meted out by would-be vigilante Red Hood.  The violence perpetrated by Joker is unfettered--he's psychotic and his actions aren't subject to introspection.  Although the film would appear to be somewhat hypocritical in that Batman is the only character who's use of excessive force is never called into question, a clear distinction is made between the two vigilantes: Red Hood uses guns, Batman does not.
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review by . August 09, 2010
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review by . August 02, 2010
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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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