DC animation continues to knock another direct to video adaptation out of the park. Whether it’s the new animation style that looks gorgeous or the superb voice acting from its cast, Batman The Long Halloween has been the quintessential Batman animated film fans have been waiting for since Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
Based on the iconic, 13-issue storyline from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween takes place during Batman’s early days as the Caped Crusader. During that time, Bruce finds his footage as the world’s greatest detective while hot on the heels of a murderer who perpetrates a gruesome homicide in honor of every major holiday on the calendar.
The voice cast also features the late Naya Rivera (Catwoman), Katee Sackhoff (Poison Ivy), Titus Welliver (Carmine Falcone), David Dastmalchian (Calendar Man and The Penguin), Troy Baker (The Joker), Robin Atkin Downes (Scarecrow and Thomas Wayne), and John DiMaggio (Mad Hatter).
Batman The Long Halloween Part Two takes the story into much darker and action packed territory. The chase to find the Holiday Killer culminates in dramatic fashion. The emergence of Two-Face and Harvey Dent’s descent into madness takes center stage.
Josh Duhmael does some excellent voice acting here as his Two-Face sounds completely distinct and is reminiscent of the Two-Face from the old Batman The Animated Series. Naya Rivera (in her final performance) also brings a lot of depth and intensity to the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle.
The overall flow of the story this time around is a lot more fast paced and throws some interesting twists and turns (for both fans of the original comic book and fans who just enjoy Batman animated films).
It’s a compelling and enthralling story adapted with love and performed with conviction. Taken together, both parts make for not merely one of the best Batman animated movies, but one of the best Batman movies, period.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out Batman The Long Halloween Part Two.
Batman The Long Halloween Part Two is good it will have Batman fans busting out the Batusi dance!