BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART TWO (2021) Reviews and overview

 

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‘The clock is ticking. The days are numbered. The end has just begun.’

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two is a 2021 American animated film and the second half of a two-part adaptation of the 1996-1997 comic book series. The original thirteen-issue DC comic book limited series was written by Jeph Loeb with artwork by Tim Sale.

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Directed by Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow; Voltron: Legendary Defender) from a screenplay by Tim Sheridan (Superman: Man of Tomorrow; The Death and Return of Superman; Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost series; Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost; Spooksville Freak Files series).

Produced by Jim Krieg (Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob; Wonder Woman: Bloodlines; Batman: Gotham by Gaslight; Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Justice Society: World War II; Superman: Man of Tomorrow; Batman: Soul of the Dragon; Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) with Butch Lukic as supervising producer.

Preceded by Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One

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Plot:

The killer known as Holiday continues to stalk the Falcone crime family while a new class of costumed criminals rises in Gotham City. Batman begins to suspect that a former ally might be the serial killer…

Reviews:

“If you enjoyed Part One — as I and most others did —  Part Two will not disappoint.  It’s the most “detective story” Batman movie — animated or live-action — to date […] I can say that it indeed is one of the best Batman films to date without that “if it sticks the landing” caveat.  And don’t worry, all those plot questions are indeed answered in the movie, so nothing is really left open-ended… sorta.” Batman on Film

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“The sequel definitely benefits from the R-Rating Part One didn’t have, with the increased level of violence and adult themes proof that these movies perhaps work best when they are aimed at older viewers […] With a 90-minute runtime, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two doesn’t get a huge amount of time to squeeze this story in, but does a great job of wrapping things up in a satisfying manner, especially when combined with Part One.” Comic Book Movie

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“The writers and director did one hell of a job bringing this series into the forefront for us fans. Great job to all the actors and actresses portraying our favorite characters in this epic movie of the Batman series. One thing I will say… stick along after the end credits…a good scene will showcase something powerful!” Drop the Spotlight

” …this two-part film adaptation of Loeb and Sale’s run was fantastic. And while some liberties were taken in adjusting the source material (sorry, no spoilers here!), it still has the same impact overall. Everything from the art style, which calls back to the days of Batman: The Animated Series, a great script from Sheridan and beautiful performances by everyone involved has helped hit this out of the park.” Geek Girl Authority

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” …the story has a much more human focus. It’s about family, the Falcones, Bruce’s parents, Catwoman and her possible connection to the Falcone family, and, of course, The Dents […] The violence is plentiful and considerably more graphic this time around […] I found Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two to be an excellent conclusion to the story.” Voices from the Balcony

Batman: The Long Halloween is an important story and one that is of the ilk to be careful in touching […] But understanding adaptation and seeing what they’ve done, I think the folks at DC Animation have really pulled this off […] It’s a story with gloomy emotion, a big dark side, but they still manage to keep it moving, have fun characters and really keep as true to the source as they are able.” Why So Blu?

Release date:

Part Two will be R-rated – for some violence and bloody images – and released On-Demand on July 27th 2021 and on Blu-ray + Digital on August 10th 2021.

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Meanwhile, Batman: The Long Halloween Part One was released on June 22, 2021, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital having been rated PG-13 for “violence, bloody images, language, and some smoking.”

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Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Jensen Ackles … Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Troy Baker … Joker (voice)
Laila Berzins … Sofia Falcone (voice)
Billy Burke … James Gordon (voice)
Zach Callison … Young Bruce Wayne (voice)
David Dastmalchian … Calendar Man / The Penguin (voice)
Alyssa Diaz … Renee Montoya (voice)
John DiMaggio … Mad Hatter (voice)
Robin Atkin Downes … Scarecrow / Thomas Wayne (voice)
Josh Duhamel … Two-Face / Harvey Dent (voice)
Alastair Duncan … Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Gary LeRoi Gray … (voice)
Amy Landecker … Barbara Gordon / Carla Vitti (voice)
Julie Nathanson … Gilda Dent (voice)
Jim Pirri … Sal Maroni (voice)
Jack Quaid … Alberto (voice)
Naya Rivera … Catwoman / Selina Kyle (voice)
Katee Sackhoff … Poison Ivy (voice)
Fred Tatasciore … Solomon Grundy (voice)
Rick D. Wasserman … (voice)
Titus Welliver … Carmine Falcone (voice)

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