Batman: The Long Halloween Part One and Part Two, the animated feature film adaptations of the classic mid-1990s comic book story, are coming this year, and the first new stills from Part One have now been officially revealed.
Warner Bros. released four images from the film this week, including new looks at Batman with Catwoman, Batman with James Gordon and Harvey Dent, Harvey with wife Gilda Dent, and Gordon with Gotham P.D. Detective Renee Montoya. You can view the images below.
Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, My Bloody Valentine 2009) leads the cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne, along with Naya Rivera, the late Glee star who died in July of 2020 after already completing her voice work as Catwoman/Selina Kyle.
The voice cast also includes Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as James Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad) as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid (Scream) as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, and Alastair Duncan as Alfred.
The films are directed by Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) from a script that reteams him with Man of Tomorrow screenwriter Tim Sheridan.
The official synopsis for Part One: 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.
The Motion Picture Association has rated Batman: The Long Halloween Part One PG-13 for “violence, bloody images, language, and some smoking,” and The Long Halloween Part Two has officially been rated R for “some violence and bloody images.
Originally published in 1996-1997, the original 13-issue comic book story The Long Halloween, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, follows a killer named Holiday who murders people on every holiday for a year, from Halloween to the next Halloween, and it also features many of Batman’s iconic villains as he investigates the murders over the course of a year.
There has also been much speculation that director Matt Reeves’ live action The Batman will be a loose adaptation of The Long Halloween, which you can read more about here.
Bonus features on the Part One Blu-ray will include a sneak peek at this fall’s The Long Halloween Part Two, as well as the DC Showcase Short The Losers about a legendary ragtag team of WWII outcasts who find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is overrun with dinosaurs, and two classic cartoons “From the DC Vault.”
Part Two will follow at a date to be announced in the fall. The Long Halloween Part One will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack at a later date in 2022 as a combined presentation of the film with Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two.
You can watch the official trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween Part One, see the Blu-ray cover art, and view the four new photos (via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) below.
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