Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Batman: Under the Red Hood (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

This animated movie; based on Judd Winick's Batman: Under the Hood Graphic Novel, is probably the best animated movie I've seen DC Comics/Warner Bros. put out yet! The script; written by Winick, is very good and "adult-themed", the action is fantastic....and for someone not familiar with the story (of either Jason Todd's death or the Under the Hood storyline), as was the friend who watched the movie with me....it explains all the background you need to enjoy the plot and get into the movie.

Batman has lost a "son", Jason Todd...the second Robin. As he struggles to come to grips with Jason's death at the hands of The Joker, Batman must face down yet another vigilante in Gotham City...the Red Hood. Red Hood has taken over organized crime in Gotham with bloody precision, as his main opposition; Black Mask, must make a deal with the Joker to try and stop him. Batman is caught in the middle, and seemingly doing nothing about this new vigilante focused on cleaning up Gotham, even if it means leaving bodies in his wake. But a secret from Jason Todd's past comes to light, and Batman may never recover.....

If you want more details on the plot, please check out the Scavenger Review on the Graphic Novel, Batman: Under the Hood.

The voice-over actors/actresses are awesome (Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, & Neil Patrick Harris), and the squints and banters (between Batman and Nightwing) add some humor to the story. Overall, this is a great Batman movie worthy of his iconic status. Congrats to Judd Winick, Bruce Timm, Bobbie Page, & Andrea Romano for a great animated movie!

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