Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

I got the chance to see the latest DC Animated Universe release Batman:  Under the Red Hood last night.  It was one of the best entries in the series.  I loved the first couple, but the last two or three releases I haven’t been too keen on.

Red Hood retells the story of the death and return of the second Robin, Jason Todd.  Anyone familiar with the comic knows the story.  I haven’t read much of the Batman series, but I picked up most of the story here and there.  Especially with the whole “Battle for the Cowl” series last year.

Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days, Star Trek) does a good job as Batman.  Any animated Joker will always be compared to Mark Hamill, but John DiMaggio (Futurama’s Bender) has a different take.  I wasn’t blown away by his performance, but he did have the laugh down.

The animation was great.  The story is top-notch.  Lots of great little scenes and some real character development.  The two emotional lynch-pins of the story are how Jason’s death affected Batman and Jason struggling to convince Batman his moral code has caused more suffering than good by letting people like the Joker live.

Can’t recommend this one highly enough.

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