Who here is old enough to remember when DC ran its hugely tasteful phone-in vote (those were the pre-Internet dark ages) to decide whether Jason Todd (Robin) lived or died at the hands of The Joker?
Now, everyone can recapture that thrill of holding Robin's fate in your hands thanks to an inventive twist in the latest Batman animation coming to home video from Warners.
The Batman: Death in the Family release is a collection of five animated shorts, with the headliner being the titular tale of Robin's fate, but, for the first time, viewers will be able to alter the outcome by choosing different paths for the story to take.
|The original adverts for the 'fate of Robin' phone-in|
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 DC Showcase - Batman: Death in the Family. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital in Fall 2020.The other four shorts are all ones we've seen before, extras from previous releases, but clearly we're paying for the technical trickery of a branching movie here, so I don't mind that.
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. Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of Batman: A Death in the Family, the 1988 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story's ending.
The interactive Blu-ray presentation offers many different ways for viewers to tell the Batman: Death in the Family story, with numerous twists and turns in the middle, and several possible endings. The choices along the way put greater weight on the viewers' decisions and result in even stronger stories.
Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, Batman: Death in the Family 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 Batman: Under the Red Hood provides a baseline, the story also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film.
Bruce Greenwood (The Resident, Star Trek, iRobot), Vincent Martella (Phineas and Ferb) and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) reprise their Batman: Under The Red Hood roles of Batman, young Jason Todd and The Joker, respectively.
Other featured voices are Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Gary Cole (Veep) as Two-Face and James Gordon.
They are: Adam Strange, The Phantom Stranger, Death, and Sgt Rock.