DC - batman: death in the family interactive movie /tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-movie en Batman: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice /blog/2020/10/16/batman-death-in-the-family-reveals-the-challenges-of-choice <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family Reveals the Challenges of Choice</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>We’ve all made choices that we’ve come to regret. Decisions that either didn’t work out the way we’d hoped or expected, or that were made in such haste that we didn’t fully understand what was at stake. Sometimes the results of these choices are an inconvenience, other times they’re profound, and on occasion they may be life shattering. In all cases, however, we think the same thing—if I could do it again, I’d make a different choice. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.</p> <p>But is it really?</p> <p><em><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> </em>is DC’s latest animated feature and it boasts a unique twist. The Blu-ray release is interactive, allowing you to decide how certain events are going to turn out. It’s a 21<sup>st</sup> Century update to the original <a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">“A Death in the Family” comic storyline,</a> in which DC fans were given the choice to call two phone numbers to determine whether Robin lived or died at the hands of the Joker. Infamously, they chose death, <a href="/blog/2020/10/12/how-a-death-in-the-family-shook-the-world" target="_blank">forever altering the direction of Batman comics and the DC Universe</a> and creating a pop culture moment that’s still discussed and debated to this day.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20Batman-holding-Jason_5f88bbfb441745.85501447.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>That decision, along with several others, is once again yours to make in the animated adaptation, giving you the chance to reverse that decision and let Robin survive the Joker’s attack. Doing that creates a sort of alternate continuity of what might have happened if fans had made that choice back in 1988.</p> <p>As someone who came to comics after the 1980s, I’ve often wondered what I would have chosen if I had voted on Jason Todd’s fate. I probably would have wanted him to survive—I’ve never been a big fan of death as a gimmick in comics. The fact that Jason’s demise didn’t stick and resulted in a new Robin who has contributed to a current overabundance of Boy Wonders suggests to me that everything would have been a whole lot cleaner if we’d just stuck with Jason in the first place.</p> <p>The <em>Death in the Family </em>interactive movie makes a pretty good case that you should be careful what you wish for. Much like we’ve been told by every time-travel movie or TV show we’ve seen over the past 35 years, you never know what might result from going back and changing something in the past, even something innocuous. And the death of Robin definitely isn’t innocuous. It had far-reaching effects that extended beyond comics into other media. Batman and the Bat-Family were never the same after Jason met his end.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20Batman-Red%20Hood-Batarangs_5f88bc39e8f5c2.42941926.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>Yet, <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>reminds us that even if Jason had survived it, the Joker’s brutal attack on him was still a shocking, traumatic event. It was bound to have some profound impact on Jason’s life, even if it didn’t cut that life short. Discovering those possible outcomes in <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is undeniably shocking—and also a lot of fun.</p> <p>One thing that’s worth knowing is that while <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>stands alone, it’s set firmly in the continuity of the 2010 DC animated movie <em><a href="/movies/batman-under-the-red-hood-2010" target="_blank">Batman: Under the Red Hood.</a> </em>If you’ve seen and enjoyed that movie, you’re probably going to love this one. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out first. <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood</em> gives us our baseline—it’s what’s “supposed” to happen with Jason Todd. Part of the enjoyment of <em>Death in the Family </em>is seeing how the interactivity subverts a lot of those events, something that lands better if you’re already familiar with them.</p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is also arriving at a fortunate time. With the world entering its eighth month of a global pandemic, audiences are hungry for something fresh and different to be entertained by at home, and <em>Death in the Family </em>is certainly that. When watched start to finish, the movie isn’t long—the lengthiest variations run about thirty minutes. However, the point is to explore and make different choices, seeing what might result.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF%20PUB-30_5f88bd0303b512.84146215.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>I can tell you that my first result was…not good. While entertaining in a sinister way, it was so opposite of what I was hoping would happen if Jason survived that in my second attempt, I chose to let him die just to see some things play out in a way that I was familiar with. My third attempt is where things got interesting. It opened up further choices, none of which were easy to make, and landed me my favorite of the movie’s seven different endings. (I’m not going to spoil it, except to say that it plays like a Grant Morrison-inspired take on <em>Citizen Kane’s </em>“rosebud.”) Credit to writer, director and producer Brandon Vietti for making sure the endings each feel authentic and believable, while remaining dramatically different from each other.</p> <p>Does giving audiences the ability to choose which way the story plays out make for a better movie? It’s certainly different, but I’m not sure I’d say better. There’s still a lot to be said about a singular story told well. However, “A Death in the Family” is the perfect source material for an interactive movie like this. For all of the comic’s notoriety, the story’s not really anything special. It’s infamous entirely because of the gimmick at its center. <em>Batman: A Death in the Family </em>largely gets rid of the story and fittingly doubles down on that gimmick, putting poor Jason’s fate in the hands of his fans again…and again and again.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DITF_Still_14_5f88bd2e835956.79215671.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>I’d like to think they’ll treat him a bit better this time. Only, after experiencing <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>myself, I’m no longer sure that treating Jason better is better for Gotham and the Bat-Family as a whole. <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>reminds us that it’s impossible to predict what might happen if you could go back and make a past decision differently—there’s just no way to foresee all the possible outcomes. And if your eyes are closed to something like that, 20/20 hindsight isn’t going to do you much good.<br />  </p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Tim Beedle covers movies, TV and comics for DC24ֱ.com, writes our monthly Superman column, <a href="/blog/2020/10/01/super-here-forlana-lang-returning-to-clark-kents-life" target="_blank">"Super Here For...",</a> and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label 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Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>All Robins are good Robins. From the classic Dick Grayson, to the lesser-recognized alternate timeline Robins like Carrie Kelley, Matt McGinnis and Helena Wayne. From Stephanie Brown finally getting to work at Batman’s side after years of struggling for recognition, to Damian Wayne learning from the first Robin how to truly earn the title he once considered his birthright. From Tim Drake accepting the mantle to bring Batman back from the brink of despair, to the entire flock of Robins led by Duke Thomas in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/we-are-robin-vol-1-the-vigilante-business" target="_blank">We Are Robin</a> </em>operating without Batman. But we’re here today to express a controversial opinion.</p> <p>All Robins are good Robins. But Jason Todd was the best.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason5_5f865274163498.22651662.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>That’s right. You may have heard the rumors about Jason’s run as Robin. You may have heard that he was “angry” and “violent,” that he was “disobedient” and “reckless” and had a “mean streak.” You may have even heard that he was in some way responsible for his own death since he was the one who arrogantly went after the Joker alone! Well, you’ve been misinformed. We’re here to set the record straight, with our top five reasons that Jason Todd was the best even well before his return as Red Hood.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason3_5f865310658696.57336819.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 627px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/01_numbers2016_5f6e9f86b414e6.12790417.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Street Punk</strong></h2> <p>Quick! What’s Batman’s defining aspect? No, not the dead parents, the other thing? It’s that he’s filthy, stinking rich. Batman is loaded. Batman has not just money, but Money™. Debuting as a millionaire playboy, Batman’s wealth has only grown over the years, even first graduating to billionaire in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/the-dark-knight-returns-1986/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-0" target="_blank">The Dark Knight Returns.</a></em></p> <p>It was a fine enough origin for the Golden and Silver Age, as a quick explanation for how he can afford those wonderful toys. But as the 1980s loomed, comics entered a strange and tumultuous time as they reckoned with the social issues of the era. Stories like the aforementioned <em>Dark Knight Returns</em> and <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-year-one-deluxe-edition-0" target="_blank">Batman: Year One</a></em> were giving us a new, darker Batman. Dick Grayson was striking out on his own as Nightwing. And Jason Todd was getting a new origin, one which made him a perfect counterbalance to Batman. Originally a circus acrobat cut from the same cloth as Dick Grayson, the Jason Todd of post-Crisis continuity would take on a new origin more suited to his times as a homeless kid living on the streets of Crime Alley, stealing to survive after losing his parents to drugs and crime. These elements of poverty, addiction and wealth disparity made him perfectly suited to the issues of the 1980s—and, perhaps, today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason6_5f86535c3aba05.94873903.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 513px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/02_numbers2016_5f6e9f97f08740.22587295.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Made Batman Laugh</strong></h2> <p>You all know this story. When Batman first met post-Crisis Jason Todd, Batman caught him in the act of stealing the tires off of the Batmobile. Many forget what came next—namely, Batman getting hilariously punked by his soon-to-be adoptive son. But what’s also forgotten is that even before that, Jason made Bruce LAUGH. No mean feat in general, but even more impressive considering that it was in Crime Alley, on the anniversary of his parents’ deaths.</p> <p>That’s right! While you may have heard that Batman took Jason in to keep him from growing up to “do wrong,” Batman’s true motives were far less Billionaire Savior of the Downtrodden, and far more relatable: Bruce just liked having the kid around.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason1_600_5f865399d48ff8.95130236.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 451px;" /></p> <p>Imagine that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason2_5f8653d5540f53.11483868.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 447px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/03_numbers2016_5f6e9fa9cc4d24.45270085.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Feminist</strong></h2> <p>When people think of Jason as the “violent Robin,” they’re mostly thinking of a few specific incidents from Jim Starlin’s run on <em>Batman</em>. What people often forget, though, is the common theme uniting these incidents: Jason specifically lost it on men who were abusing women. From a serial killer who targeted women to a pimp abusing a sex worker to a serial rapist wielding diplomatic immunity to drive his victim to unimaginable ends, it’s clear what most pushed Jason’s hot buttons: abuse and violence targeted at the vulnerable and disenfranchised.</p> <p>In fact, this aspect of Jason’s characterization is so ingrained that, aside from his name and the codename he would later bear, it’s one of the few aspects of post-Crisis Jason that was established as far back as his pre-Crisis incarnation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason8_5f865416d8d4d2.00196986.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 578px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/04_numbers2016_5f6e9fbb783a12.36463714.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Disobeyed Batman</strong></h2> <p>You read that right. Jason disobeyed Batman…just like every other Robin! Why? Because otherwise, the story is boring! Who wants to read a story where Batman is right about everything and Robin is some gormless flunky who hangs around obeying every command? Conflict drives action, and allowing Batman to be wrong and Robin right in defying him, adds interest.</p> <p>And besides, Jason had reasons for his defiance, even when it ended poorly...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/mother_5f865431ea7786.77842518.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 749px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/05_numbers2016_5f6e9fcc8ee242.25874500.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Loved His Mother</strong></h2> <p>With all the flashbacks and retellings of Jason’s death in the years since 1988, it’s easy to forget one key factor. When Jason went after the Joker alone, he was rushing in for a reason that’s all too understandable—to save his own mother.</p> <p>Unfortunately for young Jason, his mother didn’t return that unconditional love. Seeking to cover her own criminal activities, Sheila Haywood, after finding out that her son was Robin, lied to him and told him that the Joker was gone in order to lure him into a trap. Jason’s death, though at the Joker’s hands, ultimately came from the cruelest source of all—a mother’s betrayal. And yet even after all that, Jason might have survived had, seconds before the detonation of Joker’s bomb, he not thrown himself in front of his mother, trying to shield her from the blast.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bomb_5f8654d8103948.80309651.jpg" style="width: 696px; height: 1001px;" /></p> <p>Jason was a teenager, and like any teenager, prone to occasional recklessness and fits of temper. But in the end, it was love that ran Jason afoul of the Joker, and love that led him to sacrifice himself for the same mother who betrayed him. Jason died the same way he lived—a true hero.</p> <p>(Anyway…you all loved him in <em><a href="/tv/the-new-batman-adventures-1997-1999" target="_blank">The New Batman Adventures</a></em> when they changed his name to “Tim Drake.”)</p> <p>But if you agree that Jason Todd deserved better than Death by Joker, you’ve got a chance to set things right. Save his life in <a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">the new interactive <em>Batman: A Death in the Family</em> movie,</a> now available in stores everywhere!<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" style="color: rgb(119, 218, 245); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/let-robin-live-5-reasons-jason-todd-was-best-boy-wonder/" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/is-jason-todd-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">is jason todd the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/why-jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">why jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of robin</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-a-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: a death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family interactive movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animated-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animated movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animation</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466158 at /blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder#comments Batman: Death in the Family (2020) /movies/batman-death-in-the-family <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family (2020)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-primary-coverimage field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="schema:primaryImageOfPage" resource="/sites/default/files/movie-covers/2020/10/Movies-Thumb_BMDITF_5f7b958460f585.33853508.jpg"><a href="/sites/default/files/movie-covers/2020/10/Movies-Thumb_BMDITF_5f7b958460f585.33853508.jpg" title="Batman: Death in the Family (2020)" class="colorbox" rel="gallery-node-466079-CxMZ2M1vk9E"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/movie_cover/public/movie-covers/2020/10/Movies-Thumb_BMDITF_5f7b958460f585.33853508.jpg?itok=Tnp5OdHP" width="575" height="290" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Trained as Batman’s protégé, Jason Todd brings a relentless sense of justice as Robin, who sets his sights on bringing down the Joker. But can Batman save Robin from a fate worse than death? Tragedy, revenge and redemption await in this groundbreaking DC film! Who will live? Who will die? Who will watch over Gotham?</p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>is DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by your remote control. Central to the short film is an adaptation of “Batman: A Death in the Family,” the 1988 landmark DC comic book event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.</p> <p>Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, <em>Batman:</em> <em>Death in the Family</em> offers an inventive take on the long-demanded story. In the new animated presentation, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and the Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. And while Vietti's previous DC animated movie, <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood,</em> provides a baseline, the story also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film.</p> <p>In addition, <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>also includes four additional DC Showcase shorts: <em>Adam Strange</em>, <em>Sgt. Rock</em>, <em>The Phantom Stranger</em> and <em>Death</em>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-cast field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Cast:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Bruce Greenwood</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Vincent Martella</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">John DiMaggio</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Zehra Fazal</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Gary Cole</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Karl Urban</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Keith Ferguson</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">William Salyers</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Audrey Wasilewski</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Leonard Nam</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Jamie Chung</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Darin De Paul</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Keith Szarabajka</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Kari Wahlgren</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Peter Serafinowicz</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Michael Rosenbaum</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Natalie Lander</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Grey Griffin</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Roger Craig Smith</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Charlie Weber</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Roger R. Cross</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Kimberly Brooks</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:actors">Ray Chase</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:actors">Fred Tatasciore</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-directors field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Directors:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:director">Brandon Vietti</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:director">Bruce Timm</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:director">Sam Liu</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:director">Butch Lukic</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-writers field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Writers:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:author">Brandon Vietti</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:author">Louise Simonson</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:author">Walter Simonson</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:author">Tim Sheridan</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:author">J.M. DeMatteis</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:author">Ernie Altbacker</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-producers field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Producers:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Brandon Vietti</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:producer">Bruce Timm</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Sam Liu</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:producer">Butch Lukic</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Jim Krieg</div><div class="field-item odd" property="schema:producer">Amy McKenna</div><div class="field-item even" property="schema:producer">Sam Register</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-genre field-type-list-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Genre:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" 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class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/node/466078">Batman: Death in the Family Movie Gallery</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-video-tag field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Video Playlist:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/video-playlist/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Death in the Family</a></div></div></div><div class="field-collection-container clearfix"><div class="field field-name-field-custom-buy-bar-links field-type-field-collection field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Custom Buy Bar Links:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Death in the Family (2020)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 22:07:18 +0000 Tim Beedle 466079 at /movies/batman-death-in-the-family#comments Batman: Death in the Family - "A Danger to Our Mission" (Exclusive) /videos/batman-death-in-the-family-a-danger-to-our-mission-exclusive <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family - &quot;A Danger to Our Mission&quot; (Exclusive)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Bruce Wayne reaches a painful realization and makes a difficult choice about Robin in this exclusive clip from the upcoming <em>Batman: Death in the Family.</em></p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family, </em>DC's first interactive movie, will be available on Blu-ray and Digital on October 13, 2020 (note that the interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray). For more on this unique new release: <a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">/movies/batman-death-in-the-family</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/batman-death-in-the-family-a-danger-to-our-mission-exclusive" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Death in the Family - &quot;A Danger to Our Mission&quot; (Exclusive)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:39:45 +0000 Tim Beedle 466074 at /videos/batman-death-in-the-family-a-danger-to-our-mission-exclusive#comments Batman: Death in the Family - Official Trailer /videos/batman-death-in-the-family-official-trailer <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family - Official Trailer</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>Five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, including the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment history, come to animated life in <em>DC Showcase - Batman: Death in the Family.</em> Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital on October 13, 2020.</p> <p>Anchoring the compilation of shorts is Batman: Death in the Family, WBHE's first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer's remote control.</p> <p>For much more about the <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>interactive Blu-ray: <a href="/blog/2020/07/30/batman-death-in-the-family-invites-you-to-make-a-choiceagain" target="_blank">/blog/2020/07/30/batman-death-in-the-family-invites-you-to-make-a-choiceagain</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/batman-death-in-the-family-official-trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman: Death in the Family - Official Trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:05:29 +0000 Tim Beedle 453469 at /videos/batman-death-in-the-family-official-trailer#comments Batman: Death in the Family Invites You to Make a Choice...Again /blog/2020/07/30/batman-death-in-the-family-invites-you-to-make-a-choiceagain <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman: Death in the Family Invites You to Make a Choice...Again</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>In 1988, DC fans had the remarkable chance to choose Robin’s fate, as thousands of comic readers worldwide voted whether Jason Todd should live or die at the hands of the Joker. Famously, they chose for Jason to die, creating comic book history in the process and shaping the future of the character, who eventually was reborn as the vigilante Red Hood.</p> <p>But if you had the chance to do it again, would you make the same choice?</p> <p>Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is about to give you that opportunity, only this time you won’t be making the choice by calling a 900-number (remember those?), but by clicking your Blu-ray remote. Produced by DC and Warner Bros. Animation, <em>DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family </em>is an anthology of <a href="/blog/2019/05/07/sgt-rock-death-adam-strange-and-more-are-getting-animated-shorts" target="_blank">2019-2020 animated shorts</a> anchored by a new, extended-length short that adapts the iconic <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-a-death-in-the-family-new-edition" target="_blank">Batman: A Death in the Family</a> </em>comic book storyline by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo. However, in a fitting twist, the <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>short will take an interactive approach—a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment first—and offer viewers the opportunity to choose which direction the story goes by making choices using their remote control. As if that isn’t fascinating enough, this take on the classic storyline also boasts some intriguing connections to the popular 2010 <em>DC Universe Movie, <a href="/movies/batman-under-the-red-hood-2010" target="_blank">Batman: Under the Red Hood.</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/Batman_DitF_3D_5f224e9c4d9955.22192418.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 750px; height: 1004px;" /></p> <p>Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, in <em>Batman:</em> <em>Death in the Family</em>, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and the Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. And while <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood</em> may provide a baseline on which the story is draped, it also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film. Bruce Greenwood (<em>The Resident, Star Trek, iRobot</em>), Vincent Martella (<em>Phineas and Ferb</em>) and John DiMaggio (<em>Futurama, Adventure Time</em>) reprise their <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood</em> roles of Batman, young Jason Todd and the Joker, respectively. Other featured voices are Zehra Fazal (<em>Young Justice</em>) as Talia al Ghul and Gary Cole (<em>Veep</em>) as Two-Face and James Gordon.</p> <p>Vietti, as many fans likely know, was the director of <em>Batman: Under the Red Hood, </em>as well as the co-director of <em><a href="/movies/superman-doomsday-2007" target="_blank">Superman: Doomsday,</a> </em>the very first <em>DC Universe Movie. </em>He’s also the co-creator and co-executive producer of <em><a href="/tv/young-justice-2010" target="_blank">Young Justice,</a> </em>the mega-popular animated series which offers its own unique take on DC’s pantheon of superheroes. With an obvious closeness to the character of Jason Todd and an understanding of what fans respond to when it comes to DC heroes and villains, Vietti is the perfect director to shepherd such a unique adaptation of a groundbreaking story.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; text-align: center;"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qlCFzjRzTN8" width="560"></iframe></span></p> <p>“<em>Batman: Death in the Family</em> is essentially a comic book come to life,” Vietti says. “We’ve paid homage to the 1988 interactive experience of DC’s <em>A Death in the Family</em> comics release by giving fans a unique opportunity to craft their own story through a branching tool that can lead in multiple directions. The viewer gets to choose these characters’ paths, and each choice paves an alternate future for all of the characters and, ultimately, the story.”</p> <p>In other words, you may think you know the tragic Batman tale that made pop culture waves over thirty years ago, but it’s time to toss those expectations out the window like one of Robin’s batarangs. The interactive <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>short offers many different ways for viewers to tell the story, with numerous twists and turns in the middle, and several possible endings. Viewers can also choose to allow the story to tell itself, with an included option to let the Blu-ray decide its own path (but really, why would you do that?).</p> <p><em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>promises to be packed with Easter Eggs, and touches on a number of compelling themes, including fatherhood, mental health, death, rebirth, revenge and redemption. Along the route, viewers will encounter new, surprising looks at some classic DC characters.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/DITF_Still_10_5f224ed4570d57.12846565.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <p>“From the very first navigation card, we wanted to give the audience an impression of what they’re getting into, but then also give them something unexpected—maybe even something they’ll regret, so they have to think twice about every future choice they make,” Vietti explains. “Branched storytelling has to be stronger than just the gimmick of the choices—it has to be rewarding and offer new and worthwhile insights into the characters. It needs to involve you, and keep you searching for the next twist. So, we sought to subvert expectations and do something very different.”</p> <p>Along with <em>Batman: Death in the Family, </em>the collection includes four additional <em>DC Showcase </em>shorts that were released over the past two years as bonus content for various <em>DC Universe Movies:</em></p> <ul><li>Originally attached to <em><a href="/movies/batman-hush" target="_blank">Batman: Hush,</a></em> <em>Sgt. Rock </em>(below) is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm (<em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>) from a script by award-winning comics writers Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson and Tim Sheridan (<em>Superman: Man of Tomorrow</em>, <em>Reign of the Supermen</em>). The original tale finds battle-weary Sgt. Rock thinking he has seen everything that World War II can dish out. But he is in for the surprise of his life when he is assigned to lead a company consisting of legendary monsters into battle against an unstoppable platoon of Nazi zombies. Karl Urban (<em>Star Trek </em>and<em> Lord of the Rings </em>film franchises) provides the voice of Sgt. Rock. Also voicing characters in <em>Sgt. Rock</em> are Keith Ferguson, William Salyers and Audrey Wasilewski.</li> </ul><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/SgtRock_900_5f224f0a537796.85156402.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <ul><li>Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s <em>The Sandman</em>, <em>Death</em> is produced and directed by Sam Liu (<em>Superman: Red Son, The Death of Superman</em>) and written by J.M. DeMatteis (<em>Batman: Bad Blood</em>). In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy…and eventual death. Leonard Nam (<em>Westworld</em>) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (<em>The Gifted, Big Hero 6</em>) is the voice of Death. The cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren. <em>Death</em> was originally included with <em><a href="/movies/wonder-woman-bloodlines" target="_blank">Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.</a></em><br />  </li> <li>Attached as a bonus feature on the release of <em><a href="/movies/superman-red-son" target="_blank">Superman: Red Son,</a></em> <em>The Phantom Stranger</em> has Bruce Timm (<em>Batman: The Killing Joke</em>) at the helm as executive producer and director, and the short is written by Ernie Altbacker (<em>Justice League Dark: Apokolips War</em>, <em>Batman: Hush</em>). Set in the 1970s, the short find the enigmatic DC mystery man simultaneously playing both omniscient narrator and active character in a story of supernatural comeuppance for evil doers. Peter Serafinowicz (<em>The Tick</em>) gives voice to the Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (<em>Smallville, Impastor</em>) provides the voice of Seth. <em>The Phantom Stranger</em> also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.<br />  </li> <li><em>Adam Strange</em> is produced and directed by Butch Lukic (<em>Superman: Man of Tomorrow</em>), who also conceived the original story, which is written by J.M. DeMatteis (<em>Deathstroke: Knights &amp; Dragons</em>, <em>Constantine: City of Demons</em>). The short was initially attached to <em><a href="/movies/justice-league-dark-apokolips-war" target="_blank">Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.</a></em> On a rugged asteroid mining colony, few of the toiling workers are aware that their town drunk was ever anything but an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber (<em>How To Get Away with Murder</em>) provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore.</li> </ul><p>Jim Krieg (<em>Batman: Gotham by Gaslight</em>) serves as co-producer on all five included shorts, while Amy McKenna (<em>Wonder Woman: Bloodlines</em>) is producer. Sam Register is executive producer.</p> <p>Like most DC animated releases, <em>DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family </em>will be available on both Blu-ray and Digital starting on October 13, 2020. However, there are some key differences between the two versions in this case. If you’d like the interactive version of <em>Batman: Death in the Family, </em>you’ll need to buy the Blu-ray edition.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/DITF-Trailer%20-%20Batman-batcyle-Robin_5f224f2b960eb4.34927330.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 504px;" /></p> <p>The Digital edition features the <em>Batman: Death in the Family</em> extended-length short in a non-interactive format (a pre-assembled version of the story, entitled <em>Under the Red Hood: Reloaded</em>), along with the other four 2019-2020 <em>DC Showcase</em> shorts, and three other non-interactive versions of the <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>short (entitled <em>Jason Todd’s Rebellion</em>, <em>Robin’s Revenge</em> and <em>Red Hood’s Reckoning</em>) as bonus features. (Be aware that not all Digital retailers offer bonus features with purchase).</p> <p>The Blu-ray offers the interactive version of <em>Batman: Death in the Family </em>along with the four other <em>DC Showcase </em>shorts and approximately five minutes of additional content within the <em>Batman: Death in the Family</em> story that is not included in the Digital version. It also features commentary tracks on <em>Sgt. Rock</em>, <em>Adam Strange</em>, <em>Death</em> and <em>The Phantom Stranger</em>, plus one of the linear “Death in the Family” shorts (<em>Under the Red Hood: Reloaded</em>), by DC Daily hosts Amy Dallen and Hector Navarro.</p> <p>So, will Jason Todd live or die? What will become of Batman and the Joker? Will the truly be a death in the Bat-Family? The answer will once again soon be in your hands. 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