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Get a New Look at Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

The centerpiece of Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One revolves around the triumvirate of crimefighters – Batman/Bruce Wayne, Police Captain James Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent – as they try to solve the mystery of the Holiday Killer.

Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham’s young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen – Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent – in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital and Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is Coming in June

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

Atrocious serial killings on holidays in Gotham send The World’s Greatest Detective into action – confronting both organized crime and a mysterious murderer – in Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film – which will be accompanied by the latest DC Showcase animated short, The Losers – is set for release on Digital and Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be available on Blu-ray (USA $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) as well as on Digital. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack at a later date in 2022 as a combined presentation of the film with Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.

Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham’s young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.

Lauded for his performance as Red Hood/Jason Todd in 2010’s Batman Under the Red Hood, Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, Smallville) returns to the DC Universe Movies as the title character of Batman/Bruce Wayne. The late Naya Rivera (Glee), who passed away in 2020, gives one of her final performances as Catwoman/Selina Kyle. The all-star cast includes Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke (Twilight, Revolution, Zoo) as James Gordon, Titus Welliver (Bosch, Deadwood, The Town) as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, Ant-Man, Dune, The Dark Knight) as Calendar Man, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as Joker, Amy Landecker (Your Honor, Transparent) as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson (Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid (The Boys, The Hunger Games) as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore (American Dad!, Family Guy) as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri (World of Warcraft franchise) as Sal Maroni, and Alastair Duncan (The Batman, Batman Unlimited franchise) as Alfred. Additional voices provided by Frances Callier, Greg Chun and Gary Leroi Gray.

Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) directs Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One from a screenplay by Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen, Superman: Man of Tomorrow). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Butch Lukic (Justice Society: World War II, Superman: Man of Tomorrow) is Supervising Producer. Executive Producer is Michael Uslan.Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part OneSpecial Features

Blu-ray and Digital

DC Showcase – The Losers (New Animated Short) – The legendary rag-tag team of World War II outcasts – Captain Storm, Johnny Cloud, “Mile-a Minute” Jones, rookie Gunner and Sarge – find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs! Their would-be ally on this deadly mission, the mysterious and beautiful Fan Long of the Chinese Security Agency, tells them their job is to rescue the scientists that have been sent to study the time/space anomaly. Perhaps… but what is her mission?

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe MovieAn advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.

From the DC VaultBatman: The Animated Series – “Christmas With The Joker”

From the DC VaultBatman: The Animated Series – “It’s Never Too Late”

Looking for a refresher course on animated super hero entertainment before seeing Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One? Check out the wide array of DC Universe Movies now available on HBO Max.

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots going on! Did you all watch DC FanDome? What’d you think? Sound off with your favorite announcement. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN two-part animated adaptation coming next year – Nice!

Reviews

Monkeys Fighting Robots – Department of Truth #1
Taling Comics – Maestro #1
The Nerd Daily – Teen Titans: Beast Boy

Maestro #1

Mondo Reveals New 80 Years of Batman Prints

Tomorrow Mondo has the final drop of remaining prints from their 80 Years of Batman gallery show. This week they shift the focus on the more modern era of the Bat as we highlight comics from the last 30 years of Batman history.

Joining these posters will be a brand new enamel pin and t-shirt using the Mondo Comics Code Authority created for these faithful poster reproductions.

These posters will be available tomorrow (6/11) at a random time via mondotees.com.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Mike Mignola. 24″x36″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight by Mike Mignola

Batman 497 by Kelley Jones. 24″x36″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Batman 497 by Kelley Jones

Batman: The Long Halloween by Tim Sale. 24″x36″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. Printed by Lady Lazarus. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Batman: The Long Halloween by Tim Sale

Batman 1 (New 52) by Greg Capullo. 24″x36″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Batman 1 (New 52) by Greg Capullo

Batman 37 (New 52) by Darwyn Cooke. 36″x20″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. Printed by Lady Lazarus. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Batman 37 (New 52) by Darwyn Cooke

Batman 24 (Rebirth) by David Finch. 24″x36″ Screenprinted Poster. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships to US, Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. $50

Batman 24 (Rebirth) by David Finch

MONDO Comics Code Authority Enamel Pin. 1.25″ H Soft enamel pins on 2″x2″ backings. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships Worldwide. $8

MONDO Comics Code Authority Enamel Pin

MONDO Comics Code Authority Tee. Sizes: XS – 4XL; Next Level Black 100% Cotton Tee with sewn-on hem tag. Manufactured by Industry Print Shop. Expected to Ship in June 2019Ships Worldwide. $20

MONDO Comics Code Authority Tee

Around the DC Universe: Hawk and Dove Debut, Long Halloween, and Gotham Knight

Welcome to Around the DC Universe, Graphic Policy’s continuing feature that helps you get the most out of your subscription to DC’s premier comic book and video streaming service.

Originals

Last Friday saw the premier of the second episode of DC Universe’s first original series Titans introducing the characters of Hawk and Dove. I was a little thrown off by the fact that they seem to be portrayed as ordinary vigilantes rather than the avatars of peace and war respectively.  Still the writers and actors managed to make their troubled love story compelling, especially at the climax of the episode, a not quite cliffhanger which left me hungry for more. The series is really going from strength to strength by focusing on Dick and Rachel’s relationship and their troubled pasts. It’s must see TV for me at this point and if I had the opportunity I would be binge watching it right now.

Special Features

On Tuesday DC Universe added Batman: The Long Halloween just in time for the holiday next week. Conceived as a sequel of sorts to Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli’s Batman Year One, The Long Halloween features a collection of Batman’s greatest villains serving as foils for the Dark Knight while he investigates a series of murders by the mysterious Holiday Killer. While this story by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale sounds tempting it’s one of the most overrated Batman stories of all time in my opinion. Despite drawing inspiration from everything from Miller’s seminal work to films like The Godfather and Silence of the Lambs, Loeb and Sale can’t manage more than a murky mystery with an uncertain conclusion (I’ve read it at least four times and I still can’t quite figure out who Holiday is supposed to be). While some of the hero versus villain vignettes are amusing (particularly the Joker standing in as the Grinch) The Long Halloween never rises to become more than the sum of its parts.

Comics

Fortunately there are much better Batman stories available on DC Universe for you to read as you get ready for trick or treat.

Start with Batman: Madness- A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special also by Loeb and Sale. It was one  of a series of Halloween themed one shots that was the inspiration for The Long Halloween and is infinitely better. This issue features The Mad Hatter and displays the deft character work that Loeb was known for before he transitioned into writing continuity dense epics focusing as much on Jim Gordon and his relationships with his wife and his young daughter Barbara as it does on Batman and the Hatter.

In Batman: The Last Arkham the Dark Knight finds himself an inmate of the infamous Arkham Asylum. Viewers of Batman: The Animated Series will find elements reminiscent of the season one episode “Dreams in Darkness” but the comic also features the debut of the villainous Zsasz and some truly exceptional art by the late, great Norm Breyfogle. This is truly one of the highlight of Breyfogle’s career defining run on the character with writer Alan Grant, producing a creepy, atmospheric romp through Gotham’s house of madness. Available on DC Universe in Batman: Shadow of the Bat(1992) #1-4.

Last but not least is a short but legendary series of stories from Detective Comics by writer Steve Engelhart and artist Marshall Rogers. While this run is mostly remembered for its ending (“The Joker’s Laughing Fish”) that story doesn’t really hold up quite as well without the context of those that preceded it. These are tremendously influential comics inspiring not one but two episodes of the Animated Series and reinventing the character of Deadshot from a goofy silver age nemesis to a modern super villain. It’s also way ahead of its time in creating a true multi-issue arc.  Rogers’ work is still the definitive Batman for many fans who were lucky enough to read it growing up and it remains a high water mark of the era. Available on DC Universe in Detective Comics (1937) #471-476.

TV and Movies

While there is no shortage of Batman related features on the service’s video streaming section at the moment a good one you might have missed is Batman: Gotham Knight.Set in continuity with Christopher Nolan’s Batman films between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight  this is an animated anthology uniting western writers, including Greg Rucka and Brian Azzarello with Japanese directors to create one of the most successful fusions of super heroes and anime ever. Azzarello’s segment (“Working Through the Pain”) is a highlight and one of the best Batman stories ever written: the tale of how a young Bruce Wayne learned to deal with the pain of physical injury in India.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! What are folks looking forward to as far as releases?

Around the Tubes

CBC Books – Superhero therapy: How comic books can help you psychologically – Interesting read.

Publisher’s Weekly – SPX Opens 2014 Ignatz Awards Submissions – Good luck folks!

The Mary Sue – On Average, The Top Women-Led Films of 2013 Grossed Higher Than Male-Led Films – Awesome to see. Hopefully Hollywood gets the message.

Boing Boing – Studio gives Kickstarter Veronica Mars movie backers substandard, DRM-crippled “rewards” – Such a bad experience and black eye for Kickstarter.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Liverpool Sound and Vision – Batman: The Long Halloween

ScienceFiction.com – Captain Marvel #1

Creative Review – Vincent

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