In an exclusive announcement from The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros and DC have announced the voice acting cast for their upcoming animated film Batman: The Long Halloween Part One. The two-part film is based on writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale‘s series The Long Halloween, which ran for 13 issues from 1996 to 1997. If Jeph Loeb’s name sounds familiar, it’s because from 2010 to 2019, he served as the Executive Vice President of Marvel Television. The story takes place early in Batman’s career and centers around a killer known as Holiday, who plagues Gotham only once a month.
Jensen Ackles sees quite the promotion for this film. Having previously voiced Todd/Red Hood in Batman: Under the Red Hood, the actor is now officially taking on the role of Batman. We will also see a performance from Naya Rivera, who passed last July. Her voice work for Catwoman/Selina Kyle was finished before her passing. We will also see Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as James Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calender Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julia Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy and Alastair Duncan as Alfred.
They also list Frances Callier, Greg Chun, Gary Leroi and Jim Pirri as voice actors but not their roles. Chris Palmer will be directing alongside screenwriter Tim Sheridan. This cast is really getting my heart racing. I have been a supporter of Ackles as Batman for quite a while now and am happy to see him get his chance to play Batman. But that isn’t the only name that stuck out. Baker has been the voice of my nightmares since my playthrough of The Medium. This isn’t the first time he has filled Joker’s shoes and I always felt that he portrays such a good young Joker that could grow up to be Mark Hamill‘s Joker. This makes this perfect as Batman: The Long Halloween centers around a younger Batman and a younger Joker.
Batman: The Long Halloween Part One is set to drop in spring or summer 2021. Are you as excited as we are with this casting? Let us know in the comments below and on social media! Be sure to check back with us for more exciting DC news!