RELEASED 2010 RUNTIME 75 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION BRANDON VIETTI SCREENPLAY JUDD WINICK STARRING BRUCE GREENWOOD, JENSEN ACKLES, HOHN DiMAGGIO, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, JASON ISAACS, WADE WILLIAMS, JIM PIDDOCK, KELLY HU MUSIC CHRISTOPHER DRAKE
Batman: Under The Red Hood is a DC Animated movie telling the origin story of the Red Hood. It’s an adaption of the comic book arc Under The Hood.
A new criminal (or hero?) known for wearing a red biker helmet has entered Gotham City. His methods are brutal and his cause is noble. But his aura seems strangely familiar and it looks like he shares a connection to the Joker, whose brutal murder of Jason Todd (2nd Robin) still hunts Bruce Wayne to this day.
It’s a fine movie, but nothing special. If you are a die hard Batman fan you should watch it for the Joker performance alone. Also you have some Batman universe favorites taking up important roles, like Nightwing and Black Mask.
I really like how the movie starts with a flashback of the murder of Jason Todd. It serves as a prologue and gets you intrigued right away.
But what I like best about the film is the ending. It tackles some interesting topics about Batman and why he doesn’t kill. It’s very essential to his character and it gets explained quite neatly during the big showdown, which also is awesome btw.
SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF
My biggest problems all have to do with the suspension of disbelieve. Sure, Batman and his side kicks all have been known to be acrobatic and super-trained in pretty much everything. But in a world where Christopher Nolan has taught us that Batman can be portrayed realistically, scenes like jumping from rooftop to rooftop without a hook and falling from 15 meters on your feet just seem out of place and simply unrealistic. I can’t deal with that.
It’s different, if it’s on a page of a comic book because in order to communicate action and dynamic movement you have to exaggerate. But on a moving picture this doesn’t work. Not even Batman should be able to survive a drop from a building, yet alone Robin/Nightwing who doesn’t even have a cape to slowing down the drop.
In the end the film is fine. Nothing more, nothing less, even though the story is amazing. But the execution just gives me a hard time to believe what’s happening on screen. But maybe that’s just me. I rather read the comic.