Bruce Wayne returns back to Gotham from a twelve year leave to study martial arts, science and man hunting to see that his home is infested with crime. Jim Gordon has been hired by the current Commissioner to be the lieutenant but Jim is thrown into a world full of corrupted cops when he witnesses his partner Detective Flass assault a teenager on the streets of Gotham for his own entertainment. Bruce Wayne struggles to find himself as a crime fighter and Jim struggles with his moral code and his new job as lieutenant of the Gotham Police Department.
The first thing I noticed when I watched the Batman Year One movie was that its total run time is only over one hour long. I did not do any research to what the Batman Year One movie was all about except for its trailer that I watched from Youtube. The animation style for the movie was very unique and I was quite excited to see my favorite superhero on big screen kicking ass and defending a crime infested city. My eyes were shocked and my rating for the Batman Year One movie fell below what I had hoped to give it. Please stop right now and watch the Batman Year One Animated film in the link below.
The beginning would begin with a narration by lieutenant Gordon (before he became commissioner) which leads me to think that we would get to see Gotham and Batman through lieutenant Gordon’s eyes. Byran Cranston plays an excellent Jim Gordon throughout the movie but unfortunately I cannot say the same about Batman/Bruce Wayne. Brian Mackenzie would voice Batman and would go on to being (in my opinion) the worst voice for Batman in history. They should have brought back Kevin Conroy, the famous voice of Batman, to play the role in Batman Year One Even though it would be more costly to employ Kevin Conroy for the part, it would please all the Batman fans around the world, and yes, Batman has a legion of fans. Other actors portrayal of characters such as Catwoman/Selena Kyle, Carmine Falcone and many other miscellaneous characters in the Batman Universe were great.
As mentioned above, the overall run time of the movie was very disappointing. I felt like there was not enough time for viewers to get into the character and for the characters to develop. It felt very rushed and in a hurry to finish. Coming from its predecessor Batman Under The Hood, I had extremely high expectations for Batman Year one.
Overall, I would recommend this Batman animated film for Batman fans all over the world, but for someone just getting into the Batman mythos, please disregard this movie and start with a batman movie or show that has Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I would give this five out of ten and place it just behind Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm.
Batman Movies In Order: Batman Under The Red Hood.
Batman movies in order places Batman under the red hood as the next batman animated movie succeeding Superman/Batman Apocalips. Batman under the red hood is a 2010 animated batman movie based on the comic book series ‘Batman under the red hood’ and ‘Death In The Family’. The animated film was hugely successful amongst fans. Based on seven reviews collected o Rotten Tomatoes. Batman: Under the Red Hood received a rare ‘Extremely Fresh’ score with an average of a 100% approval rating; it is currently the highest rated direct-to-video Batman film of all time, beating Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero which held the previous title with a 90% approval rating.
Batman Movies In Order: Batman Under The Red Hood plot.
Following the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, Batman falls under extreme guilt and does not take on a new Robin for some time until Tim Drake comes along (but that comes after this story arc). Five years after Jason Todd’s death, a new criminal mastermind has entered Gotham City. Calling himself the Red Hood, he moves underground beneath Batman’s detection for some time.
Equipped with guns, mastery of combat, and the ruthless means to kill if need be, the Red Hood slowly takes over the organized crime in Gotham City. There is one roadblock in Red Hood’s way and that is the current crime boss in Gotham which is the Black Mask. Upset by Red Hood’s involvement and theft of Black Mask’s shipments, Black mask uses his resources and releases the Joker from Arkham Asylum to hunt down the Red Hood. Batman takes notice of what is going on in Gotham and after a couple of encounter with the Red Hood, it is revealed that Red Hood knows Batman’s identity. With the help of Night Wing, Batman chases down Red Hood, and confirms that the Red Hood is truly Jason Todd by taking a blood sample and analyzing it after their previous encounter. The Red Hood explains that he can do what Batman can never do in order to keep Gotham safe. Red Hood reveals that his plan is to take control of the organized crime so that he can reduce it and have it under control for there will never be a Gotham clean from crime. Batman argues against Red Hood’s methods to kill and offers his help.
Red Hood declines and leaves the scene. Red Hood later abducts the Joker and beats him with a crowbar, the same way the joker had beaten Jason five years earlier. Batman interrupts Red Hood’s revenge on the Joker and expresses his apologies and regrets to the Red Hood but to no avail. Red Hood gave Batman an ultimatum, Either allow red hood to shoot and kill the Joker or Batman would have to shoot and kill Red Hood to stop him. Batman refuses and turns his back. Red Hood, distraught, turns the gun his former mentor. Red Hood gets disarmed but not until he activates a bomb. The bomb takes out a part of the building but only Batman and the Joker emerges after the dust clears. Joker is returned to Arkham Asylum.
The animated movie ends with a scene from the past showing Jason Todd on his first day as the new Robin. The young Robin declares happily that it’s the best day of his life.
Batman Movies In Order: Batman Under The Redd Hood Review.
After seeing the trailer for Batman under the red hood I was excited. If you took “Batman TAS” and combine it with ‘Batman The Dark Knight’ you have Batman Under The Red Hood. Even though the ratings say that this movie is PG-13, there is nothing PG-13 about it. This movie is how a animated Batman should be shown. There’s blood, there’s violence, there’s death. Right in the beginning of this Batman animated film, we see Jason Todd, the second Robin, beaten to near death by Joker wielding a crowbar. Right from the beginning we see what television is afraid to put on their Saturday mornings. throughout Batman TAS and The New Adventures Of Batman, the creators skipped right over Jason Todd’s death to keep everything PG-13, so for fans that do not follow the comic books, we miss out on a very important comic book series ‘ Death In The Family’ where Batman looses his second Robin to the Joker. This movie fills in that gap between Dick Grayson, the first Robin, and Tim Drake, the third Robin.
We also get to see a villain that didn’t get his fifteen minutes of fame, Black Mask’. We explore Black Mask’s criminal organization and see how a crime boss reduce to hiring the infamous Joker to take care of his Red Hood pest.
We also see Night Wing in action. The tension between Dick Grayson and Batman has always been very entertaining to watch. Since this movie acts as a bridge between Dick Grayson and the third Robin, we do not get to see Tim Drake in’ Under The Red Hood’. But with everything else going on in this Batman movie, we forgot about Tim Drake and focuses solely on Jason Todd. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a dead man rise once again to take revenge on his killers? Brandon Lee’s ‘The Crow’ was a huge hit and made the concept of dead man walking and taking vengeance a very cool concept.
I rate this Batman animated film 9 out of 10 for its violence, character development, and great cast of voices. Even though we didn’t get treated with Kevin Conroy’s voice as Batman, Bruce Greenwood did an excellent job portraying the Dark Knight.