Batman Under the Red Hood Review
Now when I first heard that this movie was going to be made I was super stoked. I was familiar with both Batman story arcs A Death in the Family and Under the Hood (which this movie is based off of). Which meant that we were going to see a very violent and dark story in Batman lore. Though when I saw this I was still very much shocked as to what I saw.
A Death in the Family is a very dark story and essentially the main premise of it is that, Robin is killed by the Joker; he is beaten to death with a crowbar and then he gets blown up. When I say this story is dark, it’s freakin dark! It also shows some insight into the psyche of the Joker; he’s not all giggles and gags here. And we also delve deeper into the psyche of Batman. Batman sees this as one of his greatest failures and it is something that he would go on to carry.
In this movie Batman faces his greatest enemy. The reason for me saying this is his greatest enemy is because, he knows everything about Batman…everything. Therefore he is able to take action before Batman even does; he knows every step the Dark Knight will take. Red Hood begins cleaning up the streets of Gotham by controlling crime it just begs the question, is this a better Batman? Possibly, but he does so with action, meaning he is not afraid to kill which he does a lot of and this is something that Batman is very much against! Through the course of the movie Batman is having to track down the mysterious Red Hood and finding out who he is, along with stopping the Joker who was released from Arkham Asylum by Black Mask. Black Mask is the biggest drug kingpin in Gotham and guess who is taking out all of his people…with extreme measures. This is essentially a war for Gotham where you have Batman on one side and Red Hood on the other. This is their story and everyone else is in between.
This is by far the most entertaining animated Batman movie I have seen in a very long time, not since Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. If you thought that story was dark, wait until you get a load of this. In this movie people get shot, throats are slit, blood is smeared along the wall after a taser incident…yea this movie was highly entertaining. I do have a gripe with the story though, it is way to easy to figure out who the Red Hood is. I already know the story so i knew who it was when they even announced this film but for those who do not know the story it won’t be hard to figure out.
The voice actors did a phenomenal job and you may just recognize a few, such as Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, Smallville) who plays Red Hood. There is some charm and a comedic tone to the voice work which make you laugh sometimes. The same can be said about Neil Patrick Harris (How I met your Mother, Harold and Kumar) who plays the role of Nightwing. The Joker was much more serious in this movie but I do wish that he was a bit funnier.
If you loved the old animated Batman series (Emmy awarded one), then this has elements (considering this is a Bruce Timm production) of that animation style, but it’s much more refreshing, which means you should enjoy this.
By far this is one of the more entertaining Batman animation movies in a long time, well that’s just my opinion anyways. If you like Batman and your old enough, then check this movie out!