Batman: The Long Halloween, the critically acclaimed 13-issue comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale, will be adapted into two animated feature films this year. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1, which features Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles voicing the Caped Crusader, arrives in June, while Part 2 is expected later this year.
Ackles is joined by Naya Rivera as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Billy Burke as Commissioner James Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine “The Roman” Falcone, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man & The Penguin, and Troy Baker as The Joker.
You’ll admit, that’s quite an impressive line-up of talent.
Directed by Chris Palmer, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1 & 2 includes a long list of Batman villains, friends and associates.
Clouded in a murky atmosphere, the story follows the early days of Batman’s career. He joins forces with Police Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to rid the city of a murderer plaguing Gotham’s Falcone criminal organisation.
As fans of the comics will already know, the comics highlight Dent’s descent into madness and how he becomes Two-Face.
The full synopsis reads:
Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, 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 uncorrupt 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.
But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.
Watch the trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One below.
Watch the trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two below.
As you can see, the animation is quite different from the DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU)’s style. After the events of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Warner set out to reboot the universe. A new era began with Superman: Man of Tomorrow, which showcased the new art style. Since then, we’ve had Batman: Soul of the Dragon and Justice Society: World War II. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be the 4th film in the reboot.