Batman: Under the Red Hood Review

In my series of animated Batman movie reviews leading up to The Killing Joke, we now come to my Favorite Batman Movie of All Time.

No I’m not kidding. I love BVS and the Dark Knight Trilogy, etc. But this is my absolute favorite. There is so much to love here.

The voice acting is spectacular. Kevin Conroy is the definitive voice of Batman but Bruce Greenwood is a close second. He doesn’t have much time to be Bruce Wayne, but he more than delivers as the Caped Crusader. Jensen Ackles was great as the nefarious and mysterious Red Hood. Neil Patrick Harris was fun as Nightwing who I really wish we had gotten more of. And John DiMaggio made a phenomenal Joker. He’s not quite as iconic as Mark Hamill but he’s still great.

The action in this movie is incredible, which in turn is a compliment to the gorgeous animation. It’s gritty and it gets pretty gruesome at times. I’ve heard that at one point, this movie was going to have an R rating and you can tell the filmmakers were really pushing it with the PG-13 rating because there is a lot of bloody moments in this.

It’s hard to talk about what makes the story so great without going into spoilers, but what makes it work is the emotional core of it. The ending scene of this film nearly brings me to tears. It’s that good.

While the twist is really easy to see coming, it’s still a fantastic film with great acting, animation, action, etc. Batman: Under the Red Hood gets 4.75 out of 5 Batarangs. I think the only thing that would make this movie even more awesome would be if they had Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and the Joker. But again, Greenwood and DiMaggio are still fantastic.

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