DCU SPOTLIGHT: JONAH HEX

DCU has started to include animated shorts with their animated features, and along with Under the Red Hood comes a DCU Showcase featuring Jonah Hex, who (not so) coincidentally had a live-action feature film hit theaters this summer.

What’s sad is that the DCU team manage to do in ten minutes what the entire Jonah Hex movie team couldn’t do at all: Introduce Jonah Hex in a way that generates fan interest and makes you want to follow further adventures of the character onscreen.

This animated short features Thomas Jane (The Punisher) as Hex, a scarred-face bounty hunter who comes to town in pursuit of his latest bounty, Red Doc (Michael Rooker). Problem is Red Doc has already been done in by a murderous con-artist gang, led by a ruthless prostitute (Linda Hamilton). When Hex comes asking questions, the gang set their sights on him next.

This cartoon is everything that the Jonah Hex movie should’ve been and was not: A western that features a badass anti-hero character – none of that supernatural powers crap in this animated short. If DCU wants to do an entire Hex animated feature in the future, I’m all in.

[SIDE NOTE: Thomas Jane definitely should’ve played Jonah Hex in the live-action movie. Jane even did a makeup test as Hex to audition for the part and still didn’t get it – yet another comic book movie missed opportunity…]

The Jonah Hex showcase was directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, the same man who directed the Spectre showcase (which was attached to DCU’s Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated feature). Santos is also directing the Green Arrow showcase, which will be attached to DCU’s upcoming animated feature, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. These animated shorts have been great additions to the DCU animated lineup, and Santos is doing a great job helming them. So far he’s left me wanting more every time.

SPECIAL FEATURES

The Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD/ Blu-ray comes with the following special features (they’re broken down by format):

DVD

  • Next Upcoming DCU Sneak Peak: Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (10 min).
  • DC Showcase: Jonah Hex – animated short. The tough-as-nails bounty hunter Jonah Hex always gets his man–until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just his bounty from Jonah Hex. Based on a story from the award-winning Jonah Hex comic series.
  • Featurette: Robin: The Story of Dick Grayson–Explore the evolution of the character through the years.
  • 2 bonus episodes from Batman The Animated Series Season 1 handpicked by Bruce Timm.

Blu-ray

  • Featurette: Robin’s Requiem: The Tale of Jason Todd – The story of how DC Comics heard the fan outcry and reshaped the Robin character for the new millennium.
  • 2 bonus episodes from Batman The Animated Series Season 1 handpicked by Bruce Timm.
  • Next Upcoming DCU Sneak Peak (10 min).
  • DC Showcase: Jonah Hex – animated short. The tough-as-nails bounty hunter Jonah Hex always gets his man – until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just his bounty from Jonah Hex. Based on a story from the award-winning Jonah Hex comic series.
  • Featurette: Robin: The Story of Dick Grayson- Explore the evolution of the character through the years.
  • 2 bonus episodes from Batman The Animated Series Season 1 handpicked by Bruce Timm.
  • Digital copy.

Batman: Under the Red Hood arrives on DVD/Blu-ray on July 27th.

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