Batman: The Long Halloween Being Adapted Into Two-Part Animated Film

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When it comes to the greatest Batman stories ever told in the comic book medium, the current decade has seen several of them adapted to fantastic animated movies. To name of a few of the classics, Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, Under The Red Hood and Gotham by Gaslight have each been brought to incredible life via Warner Home Entertainment’s DC-themed direct-to-video line.

Having said that, I’m quite excited by how my favorite comic storyline to feature the Dark Knight, Hush, will be added to the pantheon later this year, though there are still some glaring omissions. Seeing as how Hush was penned by Jeph Loeb, the filmmakers would be remiss if not to also take a crack at Batman: The Long Halloween at some point.

As it turns out, Revenge of the Fans – the very same outlet that brought us the rumored cast list for Hush earlier this week – is back with another huge scoop. This time, they’ve learned that the animation division over at WB is adapting The Long Halloween at long lost. Not only that, but it’s slated to be a two-part extravaganza similar to The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman/Reign of the Supermen.

Batman: The Long Halloween

Furthermore, it should be noted how this production will not be retrofitted in order to align with the New 52 inspired flicks, and is more comparable to the various other Batman movies listed at the top of this article. And if that weren’t enough, the cast list has also been unearthed and reads as follows:

  • Troy Baker
  • Jensen Ackles
  • Naya Rivera
  • Titus Welliver
  • David Dastmalchian
  • Jim Pirri
  • Amy Landecker
  • Matthew Gray Gubler
  • Katee Sackhoff
  • Fred Tatasciore

Unfortunately, it remains unknown as to which characters each of the actors listed will voice, but it’s probably fair to assume that Troy Baker will play either Batman, Joker or Two-Face. After all, he already has all three on his resume.

Being someone who’s intimately familiar with the source material, I’ll say that the two-part format should allow for the creative team to squeeze as much of the 13-issue epic into the screenplay as possible. All I ask is that Tim Sale’s artwork be accurately represented onscreen.

Right now, no release date for Batman: The Long Halloween has been given, but it’s probably safe to assume that it’ll drop in either 2020 or 2021. Stay tuned as more develops.

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