Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Review of DCU Batman: Under The Red Hood (Blu-Ray)

Originally submitted at WB Shop

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...

The Dark Knight Gets Cartoon Dark

By ydnasllew from Marshall, MO on 9/22/2010


3out of 5

Pros: Beautiful Animation, Great Voice Acting, Original Story

Cons: Limited Appeal

Best Uses: Adult Viewers, At Home

Describe Yourself: Movie Buff

Anyone looking for "Batman: The Animated Series" is going to be very surprised with "Batman: Under the Red Hood", a very dark tale that spins off one of the biggest events in Batman mythology—the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd. The mystery of just who is under the Red Hood should probably be a bit more of a surprise than it is. The movie focuses more on the story's action elements than the psychological ones, but this stuff is pretty heavy for superhero cartoon fare. It's rated PG-13 for good reason. I wonder, though, if the animated format exposes itself as not being as inherently deep as the comic book source material it comes from. Now that the direct to DVD animated superhero films are becoming just as dark as their live action counterparts, I'm beginning to wonder just where the kids can get into super heroes anymore. I guess that's Nickelodeon's game now.


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