I just watch and talk a lot! *whispers* "Like most critics ever" *All pictures are screenshots from the movie.
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 honest lawmen (Police Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. However, a mysterious foe named Holiday appears and becomes an interloper for both the crime family and Batman. This story is set way before The Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2 as well as a bit before Batman Year One (2011).
Oh Man Its Another Batman Movie
Just a year later from Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Chris Palmer comes in strong, introducing his take on the caped crusader in the new DCAMU. He's followed by a talented cast with voices from the likes of Titus Welliver, Naya Rivera, Jensen Ackles who isn’t new to Batman, voicing the ironic resurrected Robin from Batman: Under The Red Hood. A recent, upcoming talented writer, Tim Sheridan was also on the board. Sheridan is responsible for the Future State Teen Titans and working on volumes of Future State Shazam as well as The Teen Titans Academy. OH YEAH SPOILERS AHEAD! Kinda not really major
High hopes for the movie were already set, taking into account that this is one of the first movies for the newly introduced DCAMU after the previous one was destroyed in Justice League: Apokolips War. The movie starts off with showing off the dark, rainy city that is Gotham with a gritty undertone that we’ve all come to love. The scene cuts to Bruce Wayne staring down the city from Wayne Tower. From the start, the art style is amazing and gorgeous. The opening credits are stylish and mysterious, while also doing it's job of telling us that this is a couple of years inside Bruce Wayne's bat crusade.
All the characters were simply mwah mwah mwah magnificent. Classic, Fancy, Distinguished, Mature, Edgy! Within the first five minutes, I’m already hooked in. The movie so far feels like a Mafia game that happens to include Batman. Every character makes this city a city. Every character except Gordon has this air of mystery around them. “Something’s happening" or "it already happened" are the thoughts that fill my head while watching this. Every character felt alive and I was immersed in the story. The Joker appears in the film and actually escapes Arkham Asylum. Solomon Grundy is also in this but more like fanservice, other than having an actual part in the story. We're introduced to Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Alberto Falcone who is Carmine's son, James Gordon, Harvey Dent, and the conflict all within the first 20 minutes of the dang movie. Catwoman is especially a baddie in this one with the curves and the voice. HOT! Bruce already banged this puh but damn, tag me in Bruce. TAG ME IN, BRUCE! Naya Rivera portrayed this sexy, playful feline well. Welliver's performance as both Alfred and Carmine Falcone were truly incredible. With Holiday being the biggest antagonist, the classic villians have an interesting dynamic within the city. Some want Holiday gone and others suspect Dent to be Holiday.
Forget Story But Final Thoughts
I'm not diving deep into the plot since I encourage you guys to check it out and watch it for yourselves. The film is one of the firsts of a new DC animated movie universe (DCAMU). This movie is great and it rewards any little information that you have on the Bat-verse as well as introduce villains with older roots. while it does lack in action from the start. The action we did get was wonderfully chaotic since the Joker was part of this film. The suspense, however, was the movie's strongest point in my opinion. It's more of a detective movie for the Bat as the film dives into his more investigative traits and roots. The only bad thing really is that it just leaves you wanting more. I will point out that the story does continue onto Part Two which is set to release later this month so I am very much excited for it. If you're interested in more of this current universe, I suggest watching Superman: Man of Tomorrow. If you wanna know how the previous universe ended, watch the Justice League: Apokolips War.