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Batman: Under the Red Hood is an American direct-to-video animated film directed by Brandon Vietti, produced by Warner Bros., and animated by The Answer Studio, which features the DC Comics character Batman. Judd Winick, the writer of the film, also wrote the "Under the Hood" run in the monthly Batman comic series which the film is based on. The film was released in the United States on July 27, 2010.

The film aired on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 AM.[1]

Synopsis

Ra's al Ghul realizes his mistake in hiring the Joker to act as a distraction while he destroyed Europe's financial districts. In Sarajevo, Bosnia, the Joker brutally assaults the captured Jason Todd, the second Robin, in an abandoned warehouse with a crowbar. Jason is locked in the warehouse with a bomb, which explodes and kills him before Batman arrives.

Five years later in Gotham City, a mysterious vigilante called Red Hood assembles a meeting of the city's most prominent drug dealers. He announces a takeover of their drug trade, taking only 40 percent of the profit while offering them protection from both Black Mask and Batman, under punishment of death to anyone caught dealing drugs to children. Batman stops an attempted theft of a shipment belonging to Black Mask, which is the advanced android Amazo. Batman destroys Amazo with the help of Jason's predecessor Nightwing and discovers the thieves are working for Red Hood who then kills them. He chases Red Hood to Ace Chemicals, where an explosion destroys the facility.

Batman and Nightwing interrogate the Joker at Arkham Asylum about Red Hood, but he denies involvement. Black Mask puts a hit on Red Hood for Amazo's destruction. Batman and Nightwing prevent Red Hood from hijacking Black Mask's next weapon shipment. They chase Red Hood to a train station, where he escapes after detonating a bomb, which injures Nightwing. Batman and Nightwing realize Red Hood is trained and has knowledge of Batman's tactics and gadgetry. A review of audio footage of the chase reveals Red Hood knows Batman's secret identity. He then recalls Jason performing the same maneuvers as Robin and that Jason grew more violent and bloodthirsty as he aged, with Batman having to stop him many times from nearly killing criminals.

The Fearsome Hand of Four lure out Red Hood and nearly overpower him until Batman helps incapacitate three of them and Red Hood kills the fourth, horrifying Batman. Red Hood explains he is doing what Batman will not: killing criminals who are not afraid. Batman analyzes a blood sample of Red Hood drawn from the battle and it matches Jason's. After discovering Jason's corpse is fake, Batman confronts Ra's al Ghul and demands to know the truth. Ra's explains that he felt responsible for Jason's death and, as a peace offering, he swapped Jason's body for a fake and revived him in the Lazarus Pit. Following his resurrection, Jason was driven insane and escaped.

After surviving an assassination attempt by Red Hood, Black Mask sets the Joker free, tasking him with killing Red Hood. However, Joker instead abducts Black Mask and the drug dealers and plans to set them on fire; Red Hood appears and reveals his real target all along has been the Joker. Batman saves the hostages and Red Hood takes the Joker. Red Hood brutally beats the Joker in revenge for his own murder and confronts Batman. During the fight, Red Hood removes his helmet, confirming he is Jason. Their fight makes its way to the dilapidated building where Jason is keeping the Joker and ends with Jason holding Batman at gunpoint. Though he has forgiven Batman for not saving him, Jason is upset that Joker is still alive after killing him. Batman admits he has thought constantly about torturing and killing the Joker but will not, fearing he will not stop if he kills even once. Jason tosses Batman a gun and gives him an ultimatum—he will execute the Joker unless Batman shoots him. Batman refuses and drops the gun, causing Jason to shoot at him. Batman throws a batarang, which jams Jason's pistol. When Jason pulls the trigger again, the gun is destroyed and his right hand gets mangled. Defeated, Jason sets off a time bomb and Batman subdues the Joker before attempting to save Jason. The bomb explodes; Batman and the Joker survive but Jason is gone.

The Joker is returned to Arkham and Black Mask is arrested for his involvement in the Joker's escape. At the Batcave, Alfred offers to remove the glass case display of Jason's Robin costume after everything that has happened, but Bruce refuses, claiming it doesn't change anything. A final flashback shows Jason's first day as Robin, which he declares is the best day of his life.

Characters

  • Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Red Hood/Jason Todd
  • Nightwing/Dick Grayson
  • Alfred Pennyworth
  • The Joker
  • Black Mask
  • Amazo
  • Fearsome Hand of Four
  • Ra's al Ghul
  • Talia al Ghul
  • Bobo
  • Chi-Chi
  • Freddie
  • Tyler Bramford
  • Riddler
  • Commissioner James Gordon

Voice Cast

Gallery

Toonami Broadcast History

  • October 16, 2021 at 2:30 AM[1]

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Toonami Line Up Update 10.16.2021 ". Facebook.com/TOONAMI. September 30, 2021. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/pcb.2807934082830754/2807933486164147/. Retrieved on September 30, 2021. 
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