Though there’s some very different opinions as to the importance/quality of the original work, Batman: The Long Halloween is a project that appeals to a lot of fans and is one of those crossover books that reaches into the mainstream. With it set for a two-part animated feature film that’s rated PG-13, the first round of casting information has arrived for it. It’s definitely an interesting cast with Jensen Ackles taking on the titular role after playing Red Hood previously. It’s also a film where the late Naya Rivera worked on and will be one of her last roles to be released.
- Jensen Ackles as Bruce Wayne/Batman
- Naya Rivera as Selena Kyle/Catwoman
- 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
- Alastair Duncan as Alfred
- Additional voice work provided by Frances Callier, Greg Chun, Gary Leroi Gray, and Jim Pirri
The film has Chris Palmer directing it, coming off Superman: Man of Tomorrow, with Tim Sheridan handling the screenplay for this as well.
The original property was done as a thirteen-issue series back in 1996 and 1997. It was written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale.
Plot Concept: Christmas. St. Patrick’s Day. Easter. As the calendar’s days stack up, so do the bodies littered in the streets of Gotham City. A murderer is loose, killing only on holidays. The only man that can stop this fiend? The Dark Knight. In a mystery taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, Batman: The Long Halloween is one of the greatest Dark Knight stories ever told.
Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.