I just finished watching Part 1 and thought I’d start a thread.
First, The Long Halloween is my favorite Batman story of all time so I have mixed feelings about an adaptation and am probably overly critical.
So, what did I think of it? Like the Hush movie, it’s heavily altered from the source material so it’s almost hard to rate it because it’s hard for me to separate what an adaptation could’ve been from what we got. I would say what they produced is mediocre at best.
The good: the animation. It would have been very tough to copy Sale’s style so I can understand why they didn’t try even though the art is a huge part of the comic.
The not good: the story. I’m pretty annoyed with the wild deviations from the source material. I know a lot of people like changes to keep things fresh but I haven’t enjoyed it so far (I’m looking at you Hush). I also thought the character writing was pretty amateur. The attempts at getting into the psyche of characters were cliche. There were too many lame Godfather references too. I also didn’t care for the multiple references to Bruce being a bad detective. I know it’s early in his career but still.
Also, I don’t know why these DC movies insist on throwing in curse words. I’m not against cursing but it always comes across as a kid swearing to be edgy.
Finally, Mark Hamill should sue Troy Baker for the complete rip-off of his Joker voice.
But the greatest offense is the omission of the best line from the comic. “Not as hot as the night Johnny Viti got married”.
Maybe Part 2 will play better since from here on out it’s The Long Halloween in name only.