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Once again, DC animation strays from the material for the worst.
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2021
Finished Part Two!
The Long Halloween is probably my favorite Batman story and I re-read it maybe once or twice a year. I even bought the book three times I love it so much. That being said, I don't see myself watching DC's animated adaptation again anytime soon. Eight times out of ten they strayed from the book for the worst. Here's my issues with it.
1) No Riddler. April Fool's day was skipped. One of the most fun aspects of TLH was having Riddler being forced under duress to tell the Falcone crime family who Holiday was. I'm starting to notice a disturbing trend with the way Riddler has been handled by DC as of late. I'm legit worried with how they're gonna portray him in the upcoming "The Batman" film now.
2) Holiday's identity and motivation. I feared that they may have painted themselves in a corner in part one with a major change they made from the books and I was right to be worried. Not only is one of my favorite Batman moments ever was negated due to this, not only can they not do "Dark Victory", but the motivations of Holiday has changed and we're given a dialogue heavy exposition at the end instead of a more subtle ending that's open for interpretation. Here they want you to know WHO and WHY. I guess that's because they messed up in part one?
3) Batman's kind of an idiot. Sucks at detective work, sucks at crime fighting (needs Catwoman's help constantly), and he lets a murderer walk free? WHAT?! I get it that this might be his Year Two or Three as Batman but he wasn't this green.
4) Batman isn't good at protecting his identity. Takes off his mask in Crime Alley, Catwoman knows he's Bruce, Alberto found out (through Catwoman 🤦🏻♂️), and Carmine knew too? It's sorta interesting that Carmine knew but i'm mixed at the moment. Gonna have to rewatch to see if that was always the case.
There was some things I liked though.
Voice acting was great!
Animation was beautiful.
It was cool seeing how all the villains got into Falcone's compound.
Two-Face was handled well (didn't care for the different origin of the coin)
Movies (overall): 4/10