Fans have demanded it for years now, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is being adapted as an animated feature. Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles leads the cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne after previously voicing Jason Todd/Red Hood in 2010’s Batman: Under the Red Hood.
Among the ensemble voice cast is Naya Rivera, the late Glee star who died in July. Rivera completed her voice work as Catwoman/Selina Kyle for The Long Halloween, which will be a two-part project, with Part One expected to bow this spring or summer.
Other stars include Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as James Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, and Alastair Duncan as Alfred. Other voice work was performed by Frances Callier, Greg Chun, Gary Leroi Gray and Jim Pirri.
Chris Palmer, known for Superman: Man of Tomorrow, is directing from a script that reteams him with Man of Tomorrowscreenwriter Tim Sheridan. Jim Krieg and Kimberly S. Moreau are producing. Butch Lukic is the supervising producer, with Michael Uslan and Sam Register serving as executive producers.
The Long Halloween, from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, ran for 13 issues from 1996-97. It told the tale of a Batman early in his career and a Gotham plagued by a killer, known as Holiday, who struck once a month.
The late Rivera used the last of her strength to save her 4-year-old son before she died, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said Monday.
“She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ayub said.
She was a hero both on and off the screen.