Friday, July 30, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Starring the voices of Bruce Greenwood, Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles
Directed by Brandon Vietti
Release Date: July 27, 2010

Batman and Robin: The Dynamic Duo. After Dick Grayson had decided to become Nightwing, Batman took a new young ward to become Robin, The Boy Wonder: Jason Todd, a young man constantly getting into fights and may be down a path of crime. Soon, young Jason is putting on the tights and fighting crime with Batman, until a fateful day where The Joker has kidnapped the young crimefighter....

Five years later and things have changed: Batman (Greenwood) has become a solo crime fighter, and Nightwing (Harris) has become a name of his own. Soon enough, a new villain is in Gotham demanding criminals to either swear allegiance to him or prepare to die: The Red Hood (Ackles), who thugs soon realize crosses the line that Batman never would. Will the Dark Knight discover the connection between him and Red Hood? Will Black Mask (Wade Williams) get rid of The Red Hood?

After the good-but-not great "Crisis on Two Earths" and the mediocrity that was "Green Lantern: First Flight", "Under the Red hood" may be one of the best DCAU movies to come out yet. the story line is complete, but never rushed or wrapped up too quickly , the action is great, the animation style is gritty, blocky, but never cartoonish, and the voice casting is great. Sure, Greenwood is not Kevin Conway, but Greenwood really sells his Batman. Jensen Ackles makes a stunning performance as the Red Hood, a man who wants to clean up crime in a different way, no matter what the cost. Also, I really dug Wade Williams as Black Mask, a vengeful, venom spewing drug lord enraged that a new crime lord is trying to usurp his "territory".

Rating: * * * * * of 5

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