Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham’s young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they’re also dealing with a serial killer – the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World’s Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.
For many years now, one Batman story fans have clamoured to see adapted has been Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s groundbreaking Batman: The Long Halloween. The story, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has seen elements of it used in other Batman media such as The Dark Knight and Gotham, but never a proper adaptation. That is, until now with not one but two animated films adapting this classic story from Superman: Man of Tomorrow‘s director Chris Palmer and writer Tim Sheridan. Batman: The Long Halloween Part One is an engrossing film which follows the original story faithfully while making appropriate swerves alongside great animation and a stellar cast.