‘Batman: Under The Red Hood’ DVD Review

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:42 am,

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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.

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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):

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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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  1. Yea he would of instead we are stuck with Evans it’s to bad..

    Tell me what you think of this Sam.

    The year is 1990 they are making a new Hulk movie and playing Bruce Banner is Scott Bakula. If only he was 20 years youger he could be hulk now lol.

  2. Scott Bakula rules. That would have been truly awesome.

    Marvel are dying a death cinema wise now, DC are primed to take over the industry now, at the moment all they have is Batman. This will be different in a few years with Green Lantern, all new Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, and in a few years a new batman I’m sure.

  3. I agree Sam Marvel seems to be playing Russian Rollete and eventually they are gonna find the bullet. It won’t be pretty

  4. I think that bullet you mentioned has ‘The Avengers’ written on it. On paper its a great idea, on screen, it’s gonna be a disaster

    • How can you think it will be? Because Norton wont be in it? I doubt Norton’s absence will have little effect on the film when besides his replacemnt and Lou Ferrigo voicing the Hulk and plenty of characters are in the film. Besides we wouldnt know how much screen time Norton would have as Bruce Banner, Especially if they went with the Hulk starting off attacking the other Avengers. When Norton was casted in the reboot, people pretty much had Eric Bana outta their heads despite the 2003 film still made more money than the reboot did which till this day surprised me cause i found the reboot more enjoyable. Im speaking for myself so im just sayin i dont think theres enough to know about Avengers film to say its gonna be a disaster or not.

  5. I just think as a film, it’s going to be too cluttered, and I am not a fan of Whedon at all, and whatever story they come up with is going to be ridiculous. To include all those characters and many more if the rumours are to be believed.

    Let me say this, I’d love it to be amazing, I just don’t see it happening.

    • Well, The samething can happen with a Justice League film that people are anxious about that DC/WB is planning. Wouldn’t matter if sameone gets replaced then. The Avengers is the first team-up film to hit theaters so it cant be easy to make the right decisions. Marvel plans to make a Avengers trilogy, so im sure thats why they wanna try get just about everyone committed in those films as they can. Not to mention solo film sequels of each franchise that will follow after the film. I hate to see Norton be let go like everyone, but im not gonna let it get me down from seeing wanting to see the film or have doubts about it when i still feel i dont know enough about what the film will be like.

  6. Wally You can’t doubt it was a crapfest all you want but to me it was. As far as Nolan saying he liked (which I never heard) that’s great for him but I don’t decide to think a film is good because some one else do I like it based on merit. Keatons voice was great he’s an excellent actor and was a great Batman terrible Bruce Wayne though lol. My dislike for the film had nothing to do with the acting (though Jack was way to over the top even for the joker and prett cheesy) I hare it based on the set designs the script and the directing. It was an over produced cartoon. It looked like a cartoon or I should say every film Brton ever made. He clearly had no respect for the characters or comic books for that natter. Even said he would never read a comic as if he were above such an action. The film was very cheesy on par with the 60s batman with darker lighting. The story was poorly crafted. It was in insult to the character.

    That said when I was a kid I loved it but when I was a kid I liked Power Rangers as well. As an adult I’ve watched it with a critical eye and saw how terrible it really is. Sometimes things are much better in our memories I wish I had never watched the movie again after the age of 15 so I could still praise it and remember it roundly.

    • Daniel, you have your opinions, but in mine i thought Keaton did well as both Batman/Bruce wayne. He wasnt young Bruce Wayne of course and was more settled down. I didnt think Nicolson’s Joker was over the top, maybe had a couple of cheesy moments but wouldnt compare him to the 60′s version. It wasnt like he was wearing a nurse’s outfit as Ledger did in TDK. He was sinister in a creative way, the climax shows that when attepting to gas all of Gotham to death with a smile. Not to mention people he killed before that. I dont see how it would look like a cartoon. I thought the sets and setting of Gotham were darker than Nolan’s. When you say Burton had no respect for the characters or comics, he changed things alittle to make the film more interesting. How many comic films do you know that are actually 100% accurate? He got half of Joker’s origins right. Nolan wasn’t true to some of the chracters he used himself. I read somehwere that Batman in the film would think that every criminal he encountered was the one who gunned down his parents till he learned it was Jack Napier. I havtn seen anything of Nolan reading the Batman comics years before makin Batman Begins. Alot of directors are like that and it wouldnt matter how many comics they read, wouldnt mean a thing whether their film would be good or not. Btw, One thing i didnt like about the Nolan’s Joker was the make-up and the scarred smile. I know its Nolan’s real world Batman vision but that would stand against your beliefs of characters not being treated the way they should. Ledger’s Joker could of shown up with skin just bleached etc. Anyways thats my view on the subject.

  7. @wally

    I prefer the burton batman’s to nolans. And you are absolutely right about the animated series being influenced by burtons films, they very much were, right down to the theme tune in fact.

    • @ DrSamBeckett

      Thank you. Im glad to see someone else other than me enjoy Burton’s films as much as i do. I know more people in person who agree with me aswell than on the net who thought the same way about Burton’s films. Don’t get me wrong, i like Nolan’s films too. I own all the films on dvd, yes even Batman & Robin cause its the 4th film to the previous franchise. Speaking of the theme tune, i liked the music from Batman: TAS and i even bought the Batman (1989) music score on cd. I didn’t care for the songs by Prince in the film but loved Danny Elfman’s score for the film.

  8. I’ll give you guys that the music was excellant Elfman was genious. B:TAS theme is my ring tone well my main one followed by TNG

  9. When I talked about respect I wasn’t talking about copying the story word for word like I’ve set many times I’m all for creative liberties. I meant he took a cheesy approach as if he thought it was all one big joke and that a comic couldn’t be taken serious.

    I don’t understand how any one could like the sets they looked like a cartoon and all the characters were way over the top the ninja wannabe at the begining stands out. The trees stand out for the set you know that same cooky tree Burton uses in every film.

  10. I agree the sets got more cartoon esque in returns and forever, but the 1989 Batman is damn near perfect in my eyes.

    Ultimately, it’s pointless arguing who was best, Keaton or Bale, Nicholson or Ledger, they were such different performances. Personally I preferred Keaton’s measured intensity, you could see the rage and turmoil in his eyes. And I prefer Ledger as The Joker.

    It’s all swings and roundabouts.

  11. Wallywest
    Yeah i enjoyed batman and robin wen i was a kid too lol!!!! And i like all the batman films,but some are better than others…..

  12. To my way of thinking the Joker still hasn’t been done right in the movies. Jack Nicholson wasn’t physically right for the part. The Joker is supposed to be tall and almost anorexic looking. Also he was a little too campy.

    Heath Ledger had the tallness but still wasn’t skinny enough. Then there was the face. That didn’t work for me at all. Also no origin for the Joker. He’s just a run of the mill psycho serial killer.

  13. Wow youre very picky lol!!!!! So who do u think would work as the joker?!?

  14. Great review, Kofi – I’ll have to add this to my Netflix queue right NOW.

    Vic

  15. David tennant would be a good joker. He’s tall, and thin, and can do crazy.

  16. Gotta say I just watched it and disagree with review alot. I was extremely disseminated by this. There were alot of things I was unsure about, but I still had hope for it. Sadly I was very let down. There were alot of very unnecessary changes to the story still those would of been ok if the voice acting wasn’t so off. I think Jensen did a good job with Red Hood, but I think the Joker was just awful. I don’t see how anyone could think it was a good performance. I mean Batman was very meh it was like he tried to do his best Conroy impersonation, but just couldn’t pull it off well and couldn’t have a performance of his own. I would say it was the worst Batman voice I’ve heard. Conroy is the definitive Batman, but there have been other good performances as well, but this doesn’t measure up to any of them. The Joker though is what really hurt this film it was by far the worst performance of the character I’ve seen.

    I was very bothered by this film.

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  18. I have just seen the movie and the unrealistic unbloody violence just spoiled me everything. Worse of all, blood appears and disappears on Robin in the opening sequence. The floor is full of blood but the boy is perfectly clean. Even after the explosion : no one drop of blood. Ridiculous.

    So bad because the movie is really awesome.

    I’am a huge fan of Bruce Timm and its team, but this time it’s RIDICULOUS. This kind of movie need to go beyond PG-13 rating.

    And the car chase sequence is so UGLY. Please, PLEASE stop with this 3D ugly sequences.

    Enough, we want separate releases for this DCUAOM collection. PG-13 and uncut ones. An uncut version of Under the Red Hood need to be release, please.

  19. Couldn’t disagree more about the Joker voice acting. It was flat and lifeless. The laughs seemed added in after the other dialog. I loved the movie outside this and the lack of dynamics in the musical score. The times the music should have been booming, like when batman is racing to save robin in the beginning, it was quite and at ease.

  20. Great movie.. The Joker voice almost ruined it for me, but luckily it was closer to the beginning and the movie came through. It followed the book well. I must say again that joker was not the “emperor of everything”, he is not the Joker that knows he’s in a comic book. That Joker was a Sapranos extra at best. What happened after Batman Beyond? Did all DC movies forget how to cast voices. This one it’s Joker but the last few it’s been Batman himself. C’mon you did it right before get it right again. Red Hood is a good movie though. I recommend it. I would like to see the “Absolute Power” saga in Superman/Batman story. My thoughts James

  21. Wow – i gotta say you folks are wayyy too serious. I know everyone has a right to their opinion but, geez it’s just a cartoon for crying out loud. take it down a notch. as for the making of the avengers film, i’m pretty sure nolan is probably putting tremendous pressure onto himself to “make it right” for all the comic nerds. i mean seriously it shouldn’t be a big deal with the number of characters as long as the story line is decent enough. and for the justice league i honestly hope they do make it but not holding my breath. besides given how wacko baile went off on the termiator set, who the heck would wanna work with him anyway?

  22. OMG Jensen Ackles did a GREAT job voicing Jason Todd/Red Hood!!!!! Good work Jensen!

    • I agree! his voice was top notch! it was because of Jensen Ankles way of voicing Jason Todd that I watched the movie several times and let all my co-workers borrow my DVD lol

  23. BTW, what happens to Jason Todd at the end of the movie? It’s as though he just vanished, no mention of him being jailed or anything? Does anyone know?

    • I tink, Jason is somewhere out there… bla bla bla :o)
      I have just saw the movie and I really like the fighting scenes. It was amazing.

  24. To: Warner Brothers

    I expect 1 Million for the Red Hood, and 1 Million for Halo Legends.

    You have until January 25, 2011.

  25. after having watched ”all-star superman” with absolute dismay and disgust, batman: under the red hood was far much better. deeper, darker, and more intricate: batman has become the mainstay of the superhero world. and he doesn’t even have any special powers. as an avid comic book fan since the age of 5, i give this one a warm reception. the only thing that is annoying me now is the manner in which the batman-joker rivalry is being recycled. there is point when a lack of ideas taints the whole thing. there is a new, growing community of movie-goers who are not as dumb as the movie-makers think. if batman has to spend his entire life sucking up to the joker, what bloody good is he, then? no amount of dark thinking and manouvering by the producers can justify batman keeping joker alive at the expense of the tens of lives being lost whenever the laughing maniac is released from the asylum.

    i think that the final blast didn’t kill the red hood(he was trained far too well). it would make sense if he returns in the near future. he brings to the scene an entirely new dimension. how batman deals with the joker/red hood quandary hasn’t done his persona any good.

  26. Personally I would add an extra pro of the film in that it actually improves upon the original story to some degree. I mean to disrespect to Winick’s original comic story, but the method of Jason’s return was too far-fetched for my taste when Batman had dealt with Lazarus Pits before. Involving Ras al’Ghul in Jason’s fate would have made a lot more sense in comic book continuity than Superboy-Prime punching a hole in reality in my opinion. One thing the New 52 did right with Jason, at least, is that it seemingly adopted the film’s version of events.

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