The voice cast for Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: The Long Halloween has been revealed, and it’s led by Jensen Ackles as Bruce Wayne.
The cast of Batman: The Long Halloween reveals Jensen Ackles is playing Bruce Wayne. The new film will continue Warner Bros. Animation’s critically-acclaimed DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, which began in 2007 with Superman: Doomsday and includes features like Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: The Killing Joke. The Long Halloween will be released in two parts, with the first scheduled for this summer.
Like many of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, Batman: The Long Halloween will adapt a past DC comics arc – in this case, the famous Long Halloween series that ran from 1996-97. That comic is widely seen as one of the best and most influential Batman storylines, along with previously adapted arcs like The Killing Joke, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Year One. The Long Halloween was one of Christopher Nolan’s primary inspirations for The Dark Knight. The two share many details, including Harvey Dent’s hero-to-villain arc and the interlocking storylines of escalating mob activity and a Gotham serial killer. It also looks The Long Halloween could have a significant influence on Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman.
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The famous comic has been adapted as a two-part animated feature, and the cast list has been officially revealed via The Hollywood Reporter. Jensen Ackles will lead the ensemble as Bruce Wayne, making his return to DC animation after voicing Jason Todd in the highly praised Batman: Under the Red Hood. The late Naya Rivera, who died in July of 2020, will also feature as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. The rest of the cast includes Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as James Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, and Alastair Duncan as Alfred.
Though their direct-to-video release model has somewhat limited their mass appeal, the DC Universe Animated Original Movies have become hugely popular with both fans and critics alike. The films generally have a darker, more adult-oriented tone, which has worked well overall for the chosen stories. Batman: The Long Halloween certainly fits with that tradition.
This will be the first outing for Ackles’ Batman, but if his turn as the Red Hood is any indication of what’s to come, he should do an excellent job. He’ll be surrounded by some other veterans of the DC animated space, like Troy Baker, who’s voiced the Joker in numerous video games and films, and Fred Tatasciore, who’s voiced many Batman villains over the years. It’s a stellar cast all-in-all, promising another great DC animated movie in Batman: The Long Halloween.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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