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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One


Film Information

Plot: A serial killer is loose in Gotham City.
Release Date: Out now.
Format: DVD, blu-ray, blu-ray steelbook & digital download.
Director(s): Chris Palmer.
Cast: Jensen Ackles, Naya Rivera, Josh Duhamel, Titus Welliver.
BBFC Certificate: 12.
Running Time: 85 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
Film Rating


Bottom Line

A fan-pleasing tribute to the source material: one of DC's best animated features to-date.

Posted June 21, 2021 by

Film Review

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, is the next entry in the hugely-popular series of DC Universe Animated Movies.

Inspired by the iconic 13-issue comic-run, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the tale takes place immediately after Batman: Year One and lays the foundations for much of what would become comic-book lore, with the evolution of Gotham’s gangland criminals into fully-fledged super-villains. Praised by fans for its faithful portrayal of much-loved characters, and by critics for its taut writing and intelligent plotting, The Long Halloween is often ranked as one of the Top Five Batman storylines. 

DC’s animation not only stays true to the source material but echoes much of Tim Sale’s moody and atmospheric art, to deliver possibly one of their best DCU features to date. 

Part One begins when a brutal murder on Halloween, prompts Batman to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen (Captain Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent) to take down the head of the notorious Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths happen on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that there’s more going on than crime-family feuds—Gotham has a serial killer on their hands.

Lauded for his performance as Red Hood/Jason Todd in 2010’s Batman Under The Red Hood, Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, Smallville) returns to the DC Universe as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The late Naya Rivera (Glee), who sadly passed away in 2020, gives one of her final performances as Catwoman/Selina Kyle. The all-star cast also includes Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke (Twilight, Revolution, Zoo) as James Gordon, and David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad) as Calendar Man.

Special Features include:


  • A Sneak Peek at the Next Animated DC Universe Movie, Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two The saga continues as Batman desperately hunts the Holiday killer and Harvey Dent comes face to face with his worst nightmare. 

Blu-ray and Blu-ray Steelbook: 

  • Justice Society: World War II HD trailer.
  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon HD trailer.
  • Batman: Death in the Family HD trailer. 
  • A Sneak Peek at the next animated DC Universe movie, Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two The saga continues as Batman desperately hunts the Holiday killer and Harvey Dent comes face to face with his worst nightmare.
  • DC Showcase: The Losers.

The entire team returns for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two on July 26-27th.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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