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WATCH: Trailer drops for Batman: Death In The Family interactive movie

July 28th, 2020 by Marc Comments

We have a trailer for the first interactive Batman movie and, given the subject matter, it’s inspired.

IGN debuted the trailer (below) for Batman: Death In The Family which is set for blu-ray and digital release this Fall.

Long-time (ie old like me) Batman fans will remember that Death In The Family is the iconic 1988 Batman story which saw Jason Todd, the second Robin, die at Joker’s hands (well, crowbar).

At the time a phone poll was set up to allow fans to decide… does Jason Todd live or die? And, well, despite it being close, Jason was beaten to death.

And now fans get the same decision again, only this time it’s with the remote control.

While the DC animated universe is now going into a new phase, with the last run coming to an end with Apokolips Wars, this new movie sees several cast members return including Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Vincent Martella as Jason Todd, and John DiMaggio as Joker. The cast also includes Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Gary Cole (Veep) as both Two-Face and Commissioner Gordon.

Saying as how this movie is, technically, a prequel to Under The Red Hood, I feel that this movie can pretty much be treated as the final movie in the previous DC Animated Universe rather than Apokolips War. Providing, in your outcome, Jason Todd dies.

Batman: Death in the Family will include several other DC animated shorts it will also include the previously released Sgt Rock, Death, Adam Strange and The Phantom Stranger shorts.

An adaptation of the 1988 comic book storyline of the same name, Batman: Death in the Family showcases the tragic death of second Robin Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker. This short film is a prequel of sorts to 2010’s Batman: Under the Red Hood, bringing back voice actors like Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Vincent Martella as young Jason Todd and John DiMaggio as the Joker. The twist, though, is that Death in the Family is an interactive movie (a la Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) that allows viewers to choose the course of the story at several key points along the way. In that sense, the movie is a tribute to the infamous call-in campaign where DC readers were allowed to vote on whether Jason lived or died (spoilers: He died).

Like 2010’s Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, Batman: Death in the Family will include several other DC animated shorts to make up for its smaller scope. Also included in this release are the previously released “Sgt. Rock,” “Death,” “Adam Strange” and “The Phantom Stranger.”

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….