Greetings this is the Reckoning Reviewer here, and this is my review of Batman: Under the Red Hood. I have been constantly told by some of my friends about this movie. So today I decided to actually rent the film and give it a look. I have to say that I was impressed, this is in my opinion, the only great Batman movie, and it didn't even go into theaters. That is an impressive accomplishment.
In this film, a new crime lord known as the Red Hood is causing trouble in Gotham for the crime boss known as the Black Mask. Batman gets involved in the conflict, but discovers something familiar about him, and the Red Hood seems to know Batman all too well.
The plot isn't too complicated like the Nolan Batman movies so I don't have that to rage about, it's easy enough to understand and played out well enough to catch the audience's attention.
The voice acting is something to praise in this movie. Bruce Greenwood does make a great Batman, he's not over-the-top like Bale so it's easy to take him seriously. He actually feels like Batman. There are some great scenes in the movie to show off how well he portrays the character, especially the climax which is the big thing to talk about.
Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing is awesome! I could tell who he was from the start, and I really like him in this movie. He was a highlight as he was just so likable with his clever lines.
Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood, also awesome. The character's helmet kind of reminds me as Deadpool from Marvel, and he's kind of like how Batman would be if he crossed over to the Dark Side. Seeing how he and Batman are different in the movie is really intriguing as is does show the difference between heroes and anti-heroes.
John DiMaggio as the Joker was a pleasant surprise. I remember seeing a lot of his voice acting work as characters like Leadfoot in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Sandman in Spectacular Spider-Man. I can recognize his voice right away, but he still does great, as he does more for the character than expected. You can tell it's him, but damn he does great in this role as sounding psychotic.
This movie is more awesome than anything Nolan could create. Screw Dark Knight, this is the best Batman movie. It's dark, but it doesn't go over the top with everything, it's all just right. It doesn't force things onto you when you don't want it. I cannot begin to tell you how annoyed I was in some of the scenes of the Dark Knight when they constantly shove things in my face. But in this movie, everything is just so right that I don't mind that we're going into a flashback in places, I don't mind that we see Ras Al Ghul's palace, it's mastered better than what Nolan could do for the franchise.
I know I'm bound to get some hate because I kind of bashed Nolan a little, but I don't care. Under the Red Hood is the best Batman movie, and I have stated my opinion once and for all.