Batman: Under the Red Hood
Dare to Look Beneath the Hood.
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.
Not only one of the best animated Batman films out there, but I'd go as far as to say it's one of the very best Batman and comic book films out there. I'd put it up there with The Dark Knight and the original 1989 Batman. Wonderful voice talents too. Bruce Greenwood is a great Batman. Jensen Ackles makes a very complex Red Hood. John DiMaggio makes an even better, more menacing, sinister, and scarier Joker than Ledger's interpretation. The writing is smart and packs an emotional punch, especially during the very dark opening sequence. The animation is crisp and colorful. The action is exciting and gets you at unexpected moments. I only wish Nightwing was in it more. When your character is played with the charm of Neil Patrick Harris, you can't help but ask for more. This is one of the very best and very well told chapters in the ever-growing Batman saga.
Warner Bros. animation has shown a long-standing commitment to Batman over the years, especially as the live-action films have become more lucrative. Luckily for "Bat-fans" executive producer Bruce Timm has been (in animation) the guardian for the character since his "Batman: The Animated Series" premiered in 1992.
In 1993, Bruce Timm and Warner Bros. released its first (and to date ... ONLY) animated Batman film in theaters. It was called "BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM" ... a dark atmospheric look into the past of Bruce Wayne/Batman, along with his arch-rival "The Joker" ... all the while, a mysterious new villain known as "the Phantasm" coming to Gotham to rid the city of all its…
“You can’t stop crime. That’s what you never understood. I’m controlling it. You wanna rule them by fear, but what do you do with the ones who aren’t afraid? I’m doing what you won’t – I’m taking them out.” The Red Hood
I love this movie. It has an absorbing plot, an impressive cast, smart pulp writing, and consistently impressive action – all of which make it one of the finest examples of comic book filmmaking I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. What really makes it stand out, however, is the emotion and thematic depth of the storytelling. It’s like a breath of fresh air. But take note: just because it’s animated doesn’t make it suitable for youngsters. The…
I really enjoyed this one. Another great DC Universe Animated film. I've watched quite a few of these over the past few days and this one is tied for my favourite along with Justice League: Doom.
I don't want to say too much about this one because I don't want to give anything away, but this is a really cool, dark batman story with nice animation to top it off. My only complaint would be John DiMaggio voicing the Joker. He didn't fit the character at all and I found it off-putting.
Apart from that, another solid entry in the DC animated films universe.
Another great DC animated film. I love how Joker just knows what buttons to push to get Batman all riled up. Though I'm not sure about John DiMaggio as Joker quite yet, it's still really odd to me. I keep hearing Bender or Jake (Adventure Time).
Batman: Under the Red Hood plays out like a crime drama fused with an 80's Saturday morning children's cartoon. It has some kickass action, plenty of blood but also follows a rather formulaic story resulting in the "reveal" which could be seen a mile off, to be fair it's told to us quite early on, and a denouement resembling a White Collar episode.
Batman's cool though, Bruce Greenwood does a good job, The Joker is alright, his script is a little off in points, but John DiMaggio does an okay job and Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood is pretty good. He's a cool villain. So's the Black Mask, though not featured very heavily in this.
I love Batman and I really liked this, Under the Red Hood is the first animated Batman feature I've seen, but I can tell you that it won't be my last either. A solid effort for a solid film.
The Jason Todd/Red Hood saga isn't the right material for a standalone feature, mostly because it requires too much context into the Batman mythos. Winick's script is bound by its own clunkiness, trying as it does to introduce that context (Who was the first Red Hood? What does Ra's al Ghul have to do with raising the dead?) without giving too much away. But the most prominent flaw will be the familiar brooding that has endangered countless Batmen over the last thirty years. In an effort to keep up with Nolan and Miller, Greenwood's Batman has to be very frowny and distant and nothing else, damn you, so let's pit him against this ridiculous Amazo-Terminator... and jeez, this movie is way, way too preoccupied with setting people on fire. At least we get DiMaggio's Joker, who understands that he's a bit player and conquers the whole show anyway.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Last night I had the choice to watch either this or Batman: Gotham Knight. I normally go alphabetical order, so I started in on Batman: Gotham Knight. Fifteen minutes later, I changed my mind: I couldn't stand the movie, I'd have to watch it later when I had higher tolerance. So I switched over to this movie.
Boy, did I make the right choice.
This movie is a true tribute to the Batman series, with fantastic vocal performances, an incredible story, and great animation. Very well done, and enjoyable. It also gets pretty deep, and, as Batman should be, it's a study of morals.
This had some of the best animated fight scenes I've ever seen.
It's always weird to watch a Batman animated movie without the voice talents of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, but their choices in this one were not terrible. Even Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing is fitting.
DC hits yet another home run with Batman: Under the Red Hood, offering a strong personal story as well as solid animation and voice acting.
91. Me dí cuenta, tal vez tarde en mi vida, que tengo que ver o leer cosas de Batman para mantenerme siempre motivado en la vida.
I've always been a fan of Batman. In fact, I've been a big fan of superheroes for a long time, but something about the corniness of many hero's (see: superman, green lantern, capt. America) etc, has kept them from being truly great obsessions. Batman is different, Batman has dark themes, has pain, has to remember all of the terrible things he and the ones he loved have been through. I realize the irony in that this review is also really corny... but I love Batman.
Actually, to be more specific, I love the Joker. The Joker represents what makes Batman so good: Despite how much he goes through, despite how much a villain does to him, he will not kill.…
Very cool. Captures the feel of Batman: The Animated Series while having a darker, more mature undertone.
Far better than the Nolan Batman, well done action, and animation, but a bit squeaky in characterization in parts. Full review can be found at The Gentlemen's Blog to Midnite Cinema.