Gotham City is filled with crime, chaos, and corruption, thanks to the powerful Falcone family. In the present day, many people live in fear as corruption gets even more potent and crime is rising on the city streets. Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) is working on ways to take down the Falcone family, but thankfully he’s not the only one. Joining Batman is the city’s district attorney, Harvey Dent, and Commissioner Gordon. Harvey also has a high level of interest in bringing down the Falcone family. Still, every time Harvey gets close to throwing them all in jail, something goes wrong, including crucial witnesses getting brutally murdered before trial.
But while Batman is in detective mode trying to take down the most prominent crime family, a mysterious murderer emerges from the shadows. Soon the murderer is known as the ‘Holiday Killer’. The Holiday Killer conducts kills on typical holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, New Year etc. This killer also seems to be taking out targets from the criminal underworld. Now it’s up to Batman to stop this murderer once and for all. But one question remains: who is the Holiday Killer?
Based on a well-known graphic novel, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is undoubtedly focused on telling a solid story, laying a foundation for what’s to come in Part Two. I found Part One took a little while to get into motion, but once the plot was laid out, I found myself having a fabulous time with this film and its mystery. The mysteries are unpredictable and introduced a few unexpected turns here and there, which I also enjoyed seeing.
The animation, as per usual, is incredible. This is another DC animation that feels like the comic pages have come to life on the screen. The audio track was again equally impressive, with sound effects such as rain and cars along with moments of action all putting a large smile on my face. Anyone who loves the world of Batman or even DC Comics won’t be disappointed with the film’s quality or animation on-screen.
Overall, while this film may have taken a while to get into motion, I was all in once the plot was outlined and the mysteries were introduced. It’s a fun murder mystery that was unpredictable and surprising at multiple turns. Once again, the DC animation is solid and a pleasing strength and the same can be said about the fun audio track. All I have left to say is I can’t wait for Part Two- bring it on. Also, be sure to stay for the credits for a surprising dramatic scene.