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The Batman: The Long Halloween trailer brings a classic Dark Knight story to life

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One of Batman’s most influential comics gets the animated treatment

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It’s going to be a long year for Batman this June, when Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One hits digital and Blu-ray retailers. The famed comic series written by Jeff Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale is getting a long-awaited DC Animated treatment, directed by Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow).

The story takes place early in Batman’s career, following three major plot lines as they intertwine over the course of 13 months in Gotham City: The rise of costumed criminals and the fall of traditional organized crime, the transformation of Harvey Dent into Two-Face, and Batman’s hunt for a mysterious serial killer who murders another member of Gotham’s elite criminal families every month on a holiday.

Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) will voice the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne, with a cast that includes Josh Duhamel (Love, Simon) as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke (Twilight) as James Gordon, Titus Welliver (Deadwood) as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man) as Calendar Man, Troy Baker (one million things) as Joker, Amy Landecker (Transparent) as Barbara Gordon, and Jack Quaid (The Boys) as Alberto Falcone.

The movie’s design is notably different the look of The Long Halloween comic series, where Sale’s exaggerated, sometimes nearly impressionistic, character designs were loaded with detail. Part Two of the Long Halloween movie adaptation is expected in fall 2021.