Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two

The second part of the adaptation of the comic classic The Long Halloween appeared on Vudu today and I eagerly snapped it up. I had loved the first part of the two-part animated film earlier this year and I was excited to see the conclusion. It was also a benefit since I had not read the Batman classic before and I did not know how the comic resolved the mystery so I was even more looking forward to this.

I must say that I found the conclusion a little less awesome as the first part. I still loved it, but there was just something about this conclusion that left me a touch underwhelmed.

We kicked off with Bruce Wayne (Jensen Ackles) under the control of Poison Ivy (Katee Sackhoff). After several months, Catwoman (Naya Rivera) was finally able to free him, but not before several hits were carried out by the assassin Holiday. Holiday was targeting the family and employees of Carmine Falcone (Titus Welliver). Suspicion for the Holiday crimes had come around the DA Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel). Batman and Captain James Gordon (Billy Burke) were unsure that their friend was the killer, but after a courtroom attack scarred half of Dent’s face, his darker side was coming out.

The first half of the second part felt really long. Even with some of the specific holiday deaths strung together in a montage. There was a whole section of Dent and Catwoman fighting a gunman beneath the pier at the beach that felt extraneous. The whole motive for Catwoman’s involvement was a tad wonky in my mind. I won’t spoil it here, but apparently there is some connectivity to the comics here. I did not like it.

The animation and voice work in The Long Halloween Part Two is excellent. I think the animation works extremely well for the Batman character and the setting of Gotham City.

Putting this together with part one, Batman: The Long Halloween was an excellent adaptation of one of the great Batman tales ever.

4 stars

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