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Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

July. 27,2010
| Animation Action Crime Science Fiction

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.


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Great Film overall


Absolutely Fantastic


It's an amazing and heartbreaking story.

Jenna Walter

The film may be flawed, but its message is not.


Under the red hood is an excellent make. Everything is on point and the story line is amazing.


Batman under the red rood is the ultimate batman movie. I really wish they adapt this story into a live action movie,and that for so many reasons,not just for nostalgia or being a fan-boy. This time batman face somebody with a compelling motive of killing,that will make batman question whether he has to kill or not.Pros +Red Hood! +Batman/Nightwing +Batman/Robin flashbacks +Bruce Wayne/Alfred +The Joker +Action +EndingOverall: 10/10 a perfect superhero film! highly recommended for all comic books fans

Eric Stevenson

Well, I was very glad to see what this very website has rated as the greatest direct to video movie of all time, not including those "Zeitgeist" movies. Of course, it's hard to promote something that promotes 911 conspiracy theories. While I personally didn't find this as good as "Wonder Woman", I still think it's a great movie. I didn't even recognize John DiMaggio as the voice of the Joker. I remember how there was an old saying that Jason Todd was one of the few comic book characters who stayed dead and then he came back. While that seems desperate, I really think it did lead up to one of the best Batman story lines ever.It's amazing just how many unique animation styles Batman has gone through. Bruce Timm did in fact work on this (he's the voice of the Riddler), but this still uses a completely original style. The only thing I didn't like was the ending, where it doesn't really officially kill off any characters, even though it really should have and it seems like a copout. I knew the Joker would be more involved in this later on. I'm pretty unfamiliar with the villain Black Mask. That's what Batman gets for having so many enemies! The flashback scenes are great and while I still find "Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm" to be the better animated Batman movie, this is still awesome. ***1/2


Brandon Vietti directed the 2010, direct-to-video DC Comics animated feature "Batman: Under the Red Hood," and it is by far one of the best - if not the best - DC Comics animated features that DC has put out over the last decade.The first DC Comics animated movie to really make an impression on me was "Green Lantern: First Flight" (2009), and later "Wonder Woman" (2009); as an aside, the latter film, along with the live-action TV show from the 1970s that starred Lynda Carter, converted me into a fan of the first female superhero of any historical significance.Getting back to "Batman: Under the Red Hood," the film, at the time of its release, was just the latest adaptation of the DC Comics superhero created by Bob Kane. Its masterfully written script by Judd Winick re-uses a central plot element from a key "Batman" comic book story from the 1950s ("Detective Comics #168"), as well as borrowing some elements from the 1988 one-shot graphic novel story "Batman: The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland; as another aside, "Batman: The Killing Joke" is my favorite "Batman" comic book story of all time."Batman: Under the Red Hood" opens with an action sequence that should strike comic book fans as shockingly familiar: the death of Jason Todd (Jensen Ackles), the second Robin, at the hands of The Joker (John DiMaggio). Batman (Bruce Greenwood) is too late to save his young protégé, and five years later the Dark Knight has continued his lone crusade against crime in Gotham City. He is reluctantly aided in his adventures sometimes by Dick Grayson (Neil Patrick Harris), the first Robin, who is now Nightwing.A mysterious vigilante called the Red Hood soon shows up on the scene, and begins flexing his muscle as he kills criminals left & right at will while apparently trying to establish his own criminal empire. The Red Hood becomes a thorn in the side of resident crime boss Black Mask (Wade Williams), who soon breaks The Joker out of Arkham Asylum in a bid to murder the Red Hood. Batman and Nightwing soon get in on the action, too, but Batman quickly realizes that the Red Hood has a shocking connection to his past. And shockingly enough, The Joker is a wild card figure in all this superhero-vs.-vigilante chaos."Batman: Under the Red Hood" was a surprisingly good and gripping animated superhero film. The film's shocking opening sequence will certainly jolt unwary viewers out of any cynicism they may have had going into this picture, and will definitely prove to them that anything can happen in this brisk, 75-minute superhero thriller. Just because this film is rated "PG-13," that does not automatically mean that it's suitable for children. There is some decidedly course language here, as well as some pretty disturbing sights and sounds that should drive home the point that this is exactly how a "Batman" should be told - in any format.I guess that if there is any real fault to be had with "Batman: Under the Red Hood," it's that the true identity of the Red Hood becomes obvious a little too early in the picture. To me, I was thinking that this connection should have come a little bit later. But it's easy to dismiss since after that point, the movie really picks up and doesn't really stop until its shocking conclusion.This is one DC animated film you definitely do not want to miss.P.S.: I've often praised what DC Comics has been able to do with their animated features like this one and their TV shows, like the live-action "Arrow" and "Batman: The Animated Series" from the early 1990s. I honestly don't think they stand much of a chance trying to recreate the DC Universe on the big screen - like what Marvel Comics is doing with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I think that DC Comics should try their hand at smaller-scale projects, since that is the one area that Marvel has not really tapped into.10/10