Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seeing RED

For the last three years, writer/producer Bruce Timm, based on earned cred from working on the '90/00s Batman, Superman, and Justice League animated shows, has been the point man on Warner Brothers' line of direct-to-video animated features based on the various properties populating the DC Comics universe.  The last one, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, was another solid entry in what has been a pretty consistent line, the best of which, in my opinion, have been those features focusing on lesser-lights (for now, anyway) like Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

Sadly, according to Timm it looks like sales for those lesser-lights didn't warrant further similar entries down the line, so for now we'll have to content ourselves with more Superman, more Batman, and more Superman & Batman.  Case in point, this summer's DC Animated feature, Batman: Under the Red Hood.  Based on a comic storyline by Judd Winick (who also wrote the 'toon version) from 2005, the plot revolves around deceased sidekick Jason Todd (the second Robin, who died in '89 after a reader phone-in poll), who may or may not have returned from the grave (spoiler: he has).

While I was pretty ambivalent about the comic (I didn't see much need to bring back Todd, considering he was a more interesting character dead than he'd ever been alive), I'm interested in this mainly because they roped in one of my favorite underrated actors, Bruce Greenwood (of Thirteen Days and Star Trek fame) to lend his golden tones to the Dark Knight.  Just based on this trailer I can tell Greenwood's got a better take on the Bat-voice than Christian Bale did last time (and until we know anything more about the next Chris Nolan Bat-flick, this'll have to do for now):

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;from=sp&amp;fg=shareObject&amp;vid=c9358acd-5576-4f1f-9034-f061a3294951" target="_new" title="Exclusive: 'Batman: Under the Red Hood' trailer">Video: Exclusive: 'Batman: Under the Red Hood' trailer</a>

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