When you look up the inspirations for all of the Batman movies made during the last 20 years, you’ll likely find one common denominator: the director was inspired by The Long Halloween. From Batman Begins to The Dark Knight, from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to the upcoming The Batman, The Long Halloween has become a mainstay of mainstream Batman storytelling. For example, Harvey Dent’s “I believe in Harvey Dent” campaign slogan is directly ripped from the iconic 1990’s comic.
That beloved comic arc is now getting the Warner Bros. Animation treatment it deserves, as the studio has released the electric, action-packed first trailer for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One
Here’s the official synopsis for Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, via Warner Bros. Animation:
Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham’s young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.
Directed by Chris Palmer — who helmed DC Animated’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow — Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One stars Jensen Ackles as Bruce Wayne/Batman, late Glee star Naya Rivera as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, 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, Jack Quaid as Alberto, and more.
Part One, which is rated PG-13, will release “this spring or summer”, with the R-rated Part Two releasing later this year.