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The Red Knight,
This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood (DVD)
The quality of Chris Nolan's `Batman' films could have you believing that there is no point delving the depths of the character as you have already seen the best. Fans of Frank Miller already know this is nonsense, but would even they bother with a direct to DVD feature length cartoon? Surely it would be more like Batman Babies than the hard hitting hero we know and love? `Batman: Under the Red Hood' dispels this myth; it is a cartoon that is almost as adult as the films and manages to explore the character in a different way.
In the world of `Red Hood', Batman is struggling to get to grips with the out of control crime in Gotham City. Haunted by the death of one of his earlier Robin assistants he is still unable to kill his enemies, therefore making himself fallible. Enter an antihero called the Red Hood. Here is someone who does not mind killing and if executing a few hundred criminals is what is needed to clean up the city, so be it. Will Batman be able to talk Red Hood to the light side, or is he just another psychopath that needs putting down?
Exploring some pretty mature themes, the cartoon is still suitable for younger audiences as it is also full of action (but not the very young). Joker is present and is as disturbed as Heath Ledger's take on the super villain. Like with many direct to DVD cartoons the animation cannot quite live up to the ambition of the writers. The quality is slightly higher than the Saturday morning cartoon of Batman, but not what you would get from a cinema based film. With the animation being slightly flawed the film does lose a little of its shine. However, this is still one of the better cartoon animations of recent years.