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Gotham City Goes Full Noir in ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Warner shares new set of stylized images depicting the famed city backdrop for the soon to be released animated feature-length film, coming to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment revealed new images from the upcoming Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, the next entry in the popular DC Universe Movie series. Supervising Producer Butch Lukic gives Gotham City the full noir treatment, citing 1940’s crime films and The Godfather as further inspiration for the film’s stylish, nuanced art direction.

“I wanted to give the film a timeless look, kind of like the book, where you can’t pinpoint the actual time period,” he explained. “I really set out to make Gotham City a character onto itself. All the backgrounds were thought out to have a look or feel of classic cinematography. I even shadowed most of the backgrounds myself to get the right style of lighting needed for particular scenes, and to give the film that classic noir look.”

In the film, on Halloween night, Bruce Wayne (voiced by Jensen Ackles) and his butler Alfred Pennyworth (Alastair Duncan) discuss the lack of trick-or-treaters visiting Wayne Manor, and lament the deterioration of Gotham City. Little do they know what’s soon to come. From Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the film is inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital and Blu-ray on June 22, 2021.

Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment