In a quasi-break with tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the disk and digital release dates for Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two before the first part has seen its own release. Part Two will be available July 27th on digital platforms and August 10th on disc, just a month after Part 1 debuts June 22nd. Typically, DC Universe Animated movies come out less frequently. Although, in this case, we totally understand why.
The combined two-part film retells the classic story by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale about Gotham City’s transition from organized crime to a lawlessness fueled by costumed criminals responding to the presence of the Batman. In Part Two, the Holiday Killer is still at large. But with Bruce Wayne under the spell of Poison Ivy, Batman is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, the Roman replaces the men Holiday killed by reaching out to Gotham City’s emerging rogues’ gallery. And if that weren’t enough, the stress on Harvey Dent comes to a head as he is disfigured by a mobster. Now, as Two-Face, Dent decides to take the law into his own hands and deliver judgment to those who’ve wronged him, his family and all of Gotham. Will Batman recover his senses in time to stop Holiday, Two-Face, and a mob war?
Jensen Ackles voices Bruce Wayne and the Batman with Naya Rivera as Selina Kyle, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent and Julie Nathanson as his wife, Gilda. The film also includes the talents of Katee Sackhoff as Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone; David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon; Jack Quaid as Alberto Falcone; Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy; Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni; and Alastair Duncan as Alfred. Frances Callier, Greg Chun and Gary Leroi Gray also lend their voices to the film.
Behind the camera, Superman: Man of Tomorrow‘s Chris Palmer directs from a script by Reign of the Supermen and Superman: Man of Tomorrow‘s Tim Sheridan. Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Sheridan serve as producers while Butch Lukic (Justice Society: World War II, Superman: Man of Tomorrow) is the supervising producer. Michael Uslan and Sam Register serve as executive producers.
Both the digital and disc versions come with the latest DC Showcase short, Blue Beetle, which sees Ted Kord — alias the Blue Beetle — Captain Atom, The Question, and Nightshade battle that “nefarious finagler of feelings,” Doctor Spectro, in a story inspired by 1960s Saturday morning cartoons. Other features include an advanced look at Injustice, the next DC Universe Animated movie; featurettes looking back at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2 and Batman: Hush; and the two-part debut of Two-Face on Batman: The Animated Series — one of the program’s finest hours.
Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two comes to digital July 27th and to disc on August 10th.