Batman: The Long Halloween concludes the reinvention of origin stories of Tw0-Face and Catwoman in an epic story that includes much of Batman’s rogues’ gallery.
The Production: 4/5
In Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1, Batman(Jensen Ackles) was in the early part of his career as a crimefighter in Gotham City when he found himself confronted with a serial killer nicknamed “Holiday” who was murdering victims on a monthly basis on various holidays. Harvey Dent(Josh Duhamel) teamed up with Batman and police Captain James Gordon(Billy Burke) to solve the crimes.
As Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 begins, Bruce Wayne is in the thrall of the mind control powers of Poison Ivy(Katee Sackhoff). Bruce is likely to sign over full control of the Wayne fortune to Ivy unless Catwoman(Naya Rivera) can rescue him. Meanwhile, “Holiday” continues unabated through the Spring season.
Crime boss Carmine Falcone(Titus Welliver) is also involved as a member of his family is also murdered by “Holiday”. The Calendar Man(David Dastmalchian) continues to tease the identity of the “Holiday” killer to Batman from his confines in Arkham Asylum, as kind of a super-powered Hannibal Lecter. Other members of Batman’s rogues gallery also figure in the proceedings, including the Joker(Troy Baker), Mad Hatter(John DiMaggio), Scarecrow(Robin Atkin Downes) and Solomon Grundy(Fred Tatasciore).
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2, like the first film, is based on the celebrated comic book series created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Each of the 13 chapters of the comic series depicted a different monthly holiday over a period of a year bookended by the Halloween holidays. This second film of 2 parts covers the holiday period from Valentine’s Day through Halloween, as each holiday marks a prominent murder in Gotham City.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 is an engrossing conclusion to the plotlines introduced in the first film, and tells the origin stories of Two-Face and Catwoman in a little different manner than some other stories in the Batman mythos. This film may be a little intense for younger viewers, hence the R rating, but the 2 episodes included from Batman: The Animated Series will appeal to a broader audience.
3D Rating: NA
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 plays by default in DTS-HD MA 5.1 English audio. The DC animated movies always employ the sound stage well in audio, and this film is no exception. Directional audio is used minimally but effectively. Dialogue is blended in the mix in a manner that is not intruded upon by sound effects and music score. French, German, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 are also available on the disc.
Special Features: 3/5
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