â€œI have given a name to my pain, and it is Batman.â€Â So Batman has a great array of villains, whoâ€™s your favorite?Â Riddler?Â Â Catwoman? Bane?Â Yeah Bane, now thereâ€™s a villain.Â Come on, he broke Batmanâ€™s back into two.Â It was awesome; the Knightfall comics was a great series to read and if you havenâ€™t, do so.Â Anyways for me, my favorite is still The Joker.Â Now that might sound like a cop-out answer just because heâ€™s the main villain, but itâ€™s not, heâ€™s a true psychopath, which makes it fun to read and watch.Â But, I donâ€™t wanna get into The Joker right now cause I wanna talk about a different villain, how people prefer The Red Hood?Â Come on show the hands who?Â No one.Â Â Really?Â What the hell.Â Oh I get it, maybe you donâ€™t really know who The Red Hood is, well now youâ€™re in luck cause you can check out more about him, in todayâ€™s review of â€œBatman: Under the Red Hood.â€
The animated movie is about the mystery of The Red Hood.Â For once I actually like the plot summary that was on IMDB so Iâ€™m just going to quote that at this time, here we go:
â€œBatman 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 in the balance between the two, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened.â€
Thank you Anonymous writer who posted it on the web.Â Okay Iâ€™m done quoting now on with the review.
So the story takes elements from two comic stories of Batman and made it one and then continued the story form there; â€œBatman: Death in the Familyâ€ and â€œBatman: The Killing Joke.â€Â The movie starts with the death of Jason Todd, the second Boy Wonder, almost like in â€œDeath in the Family.â€Â Slight spin Jason Toddâ€™s mother is not in the room when the Joker blows him up.Â As for â€œThe Killing Joke,â€ the comic is about Batman finding the Joker, but it also tells a story of how the Joker became the Joker.Â Granted it is still one of many telling of the story, but thatâ€™s because no one really knows, and makes it more exciting, am I right?Â Anyways in the comic, the man who would become the Joker was on a job with a red hood on and when he fought Batman, he fell into a vat of chemicals, which turns him into the Joker, kinda like how it was done in Tim Burtonâ€™s 1989 movie of Batman.
It was very interesting watching the blend of the two comics.Â Especially with who and why, which is pretty much what the story is who is The Red Hood and why is he really doing this.Â Iâ€™m glad to see that it married each other pretty well and was able to tell a really good story.Â I donâ€™t know why, but it always seems that every time they come up with a Batman animated movie the story is always well done.Â â€œMask of the Phantasm,â€ â€œReturn of the Joker,â€ and even â€œGotham Knightâ€ all have great stories.Â Iâ€™m glad to see the continuing of another great telling of the Bat.
As for the animation, it does remind me of the â€œBatman: The Animated Series.â€Â I miss that show so much, also â€œThe Batmanâ€ wow what crap; I really wish that didnâ€™t exist.Â Luckily this movie looks and has the feel of the animated series, just like â€œBatman: Mask of the Phantasm.â€Â However unlike both â€œPhantasmâ€ and â€œAnimated Series,â€ they obviously used more CGI, especially during the car chases.Â I wish they didnâ€™t just to keep the feel the same throughout.Â But maybe thatâ€™s just me.
I also wish that they didnâ€™t change the voices form the â€œAnimated Series.â€Â They have Bruce Greenwood (Captain Pike in 2009â€™s â€œStar Trekâ€) doing Batman and Bruce Wayne.Â Jim Piddock doing Alfred, and John Di Maggio voicing the Joker.Â Iâ€™m sorry, but Kevin Conroy is the voice of Batman; donâ€™t change that.Â Â Just like, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is the voice of Alfred.Â Now as I watched the film, I was able to accept it even though I didnâ€™t really want to, but no one and I mean NO ONE does the Joker like Mark Hamill.Â During the entire movie I just could not accept it, John Di Maggio tried and failed.Â It even sounded like they told John to be more like Mark.Â Now, I donâ€™t know about you, but if that was the notes he was given while recording the voice, then get Mark Hamill to do it.Â Honestly, I really donâ€™t see why they had to change it, he still does the voice of The Joker, AAAAAAAHH!, sorry that really made me mad.Â Also, in the movie is, Nightwing aka Dick Grayson, the first Robin.Â Even thought they didnâ€™t get Loren Glester to voice him, I was perfectly okay with the new voice, Neil Patrick Harris.Â It might just be me, but you just canâ€™t go wrong with NPH.
Now the good thing about this movie is that if you havenâ€™t read â€œThe Killing Jokeâ€ or â€œDeath in the Familyâ€ itâ€™s ok, you can still watch the film.Â It does allow the viewer who knows neither story to understand whatâ€™s going on.Â Which was something I was afraid of while watching it, but trust me you wonâ€™t get lost in the shuffle.Â However the Joker does say one or two things that reference the â€œThe Killing Joke.â€Â The ending of the story is a little open ended, but its ok cause the very very ending is done well.Â I canâ€™t say more about it youâ€™ll just have to watch.Â Raâ€™s Al Ghul and The Riddler also make appearances.Â Over all I give the movie a 7.5.Â It would have gotten an 8 if they had the original voices form â€œThe Animated Series.â€Â Again, I stress get Mark Hamill.Â Ok thatâ€™s now out of my system.Â â€œBatman: Under the Red Hoodâ€ is currently on DVD go and get it.Â The two disk DVD also come with two episodes from â€œThe Animated Seriesâ€ and a Batmobile.
Ok, maybe not a Batmobile, maybe I just really want one.