'Batman: Under the Red Hood' Review By ejk1

I waited all this time for that?
  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
However which way you look at it, the most popular comic book character,

and perhaps most iconic, is Batman. It is therefore no great wonder that DC purposefully utilizes the Dark Knight to a much larger extent than their other prime-time players in the JLA. Batman is in at least five comics, and in this year was utilized by the great Grant Morrison in what I believe is one hell of an amazing mini-series, The Return of Bruce Wayne. Batman will stay busy as people are eagerly anticipating breaking news on Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Yessiree, It is a great time to be a Batman fan.

I was looking so forward to watching Batman: Under the Red Hood for such a long time. Since moving in September, I have not had the time to do so, but finally things fell into place, and I was able to hook up my PS3. Since I have owned this Blu-Ray since October, I figured I would watch and see this on the one and only night that I have available this week. It is sad to say that I am languishing with a heavy heart as I am writing this--Sadly, I have to say it: DC shattered Batman with this movie.

During Batman: Under the Red Hood, it suddenly dawned on me that it was an amazingly bad rendition of the great Death in the Family story. And so you don't think I am being a jerk, I need you to understand that I have that book, and cherish it. This was, after all, the tale that DC let us finish. The idea, back in 1988, was to let the fans decide the fate of the second Robin, the troubled Jason Todd. Now, don't get me wrong--I understand that in comic books people come back to life all the time, and Jason is fits in this here category. But Ras Al Ghul does not need to be part of this story; he isn't even in Death in the Family, although both he and Talia do play a role in the second Robin's resurrection. Especially Talia; all of this can be explained in Red Hood: The Lost Days, a six part series that DC released from about August to January of the past year. But I digress, and will say that in my opinion, DC half-assed the Death in the Family bit. Hell, we never got to see JT's conniving mother.

As for the actors, Greenwood was a good Batman, but Kevin Conroy is the TRUE voice of the Caped Crusader. Ditto Mark Hamill as Joker. Don't get me wrong, John Dimaggio was admirable, but when up against a legend, it does not stack up. Jensen Ackles did the best job as Jason Todd, and Wade Williams as Black Mask made me smirk a few times. I like the fact that Jason Isaacs was Ras Al Ghul, but it seems like they had to give the character a larger role in order to justify the check Isaacs received.

Visually, I've seen better. This wasn't innovative stuff. I will say that the animation was a step up from GL: First Flight, but I that's not saying much. Sometimes I think these studios feel that if they just fill the screen with all of these explosions, then we the audience will not see it for what it is: clutter.

Let's face it, Mask of the Phantasm is the creme de la creme of Batman animation. Nothing will beat its story, filled with new, raw emotion. This is manufactured, blatantly taking a famous story and and cherry-picking the parts that DC liked for their little film. In short, Batman: Under the Hood should have stayed under wraps.

This review is dedicated to George Plimpton.

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Comments (29)

  1. SpaceCowboy

    @corey That's true.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  2. Corey W.

    @SpaceCowboy: I like Flixster, but I think MW is much more social.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  3. SpaceCowboy

    @corey That's why Flixster is better.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  4. Corey W.

    @ejk1:MW won't let me edit my reviews either. :/

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  5. SpaceCowboy

    @ejk1 Yeah, that sucks.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  6. SpaceCowboy

    @dan1 Ah, k. Didn't know. Sorry...

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  7. ejk1

    @SpaceCowboy All a plan, dude. It would have worked better if I took the format change in MW into account. The first letter of each of the first twenty five lines were supposed to spell out "Happy April Fools Day Bitches" but when submitted, the lines became messed up somewhat.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Dan

    @SpaceCowboy The only dislike was mine, and that was part of our act. This was staged....

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. SpaceCowboy

    @ejk1 Wait...how did you change the subratings? Pwah! I think it funny how the dislikes on here turned into likes after you said this was an April Fools joke.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  10. ejk1

    @SpaceCowboy Well,to make you feel, better, I'll fix that :P

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. SpaceCowboy

    @ejk1 Still, you brought down the overall rating for this film. Shame.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  12. ejk1

    @SpaceCowboy I have no intention of editing it. I'll let people see it, and if they happen to think it's real, because they don't look at the date or the posts, that's on them. If people want to know what I think, they have a mentions button. I'll respond. No big deal, dude :)

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. SpaceCowboy

    @ejk1 I gave both a four. And good luck editing the review after April 1st. HAHA

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  14. ejk1

    Although I'd slightly disagree with @SpaceCowboy. Red Hood rates a four, Mask is a solid five.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. ejk1

    @SpaceCowboy@corey@bawnian-dexeus Check the date fellas. Props to @moviegeek.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  16. Dan

    You guys are gullible lol :)

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Guess I'm glad you didn't rip my review a new one :/

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Corey W.

    I agree with @SpaceCowboy.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  19. SpaceCowboy

    @moviegeek Yeah, it better be a joke. lol. Not only was this a great straight-to-video release but as a Batman movie it's pretty great, too. Neck and neck with Mask of the Phantasm.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  20. moviegeek

    April fools? lol

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  21. slysnide

    @ejk1@dan1 WTF???? :P

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  22. ejk1

    @dan1 whatever you say, MR. Big Blue Asswipe.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. ejk1

    @corey You're just being a fool.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. Corey W.

    @ejk1 :( To each his own. It's understandable that I didn't read the comic, but, I still enjoyed the movie. Obviously you have a much bigger look on the film than others since you read the comic, but, that doesn't mean I couldn't have enjoyed it. :P I'm not against your opinion, I did say Great review, man.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  25. ejk1

    @corey You don't know what the hell you're talking about.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. Corey W.

    Good review. I loved this, but, I respect your opinion.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  27. ejk1

    @dan1 I'm sorry, great one, but not everyone likes the same thing. Perhaps if you knew more about comics, you would understand. Jackass.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. moviegeek

    @dan1 Play nice :P

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag