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YMMV: Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: John DiMaggio's version of The Joker is much more brutal than other portrayals.
  • Better Than Canon: An amazing case. Not only do many fans like this version of the story better than in the comics, Judd Winick, who wrote both the original comics story and this movie, considers the movie the better version.
  • Complete Monster: The Joker is once again presented as an Ax-Crazy psychopath. He beats Batman's young sidekick Jason Todd with a crowbar, leaves him broken and battered in a warehouse and then proceeds to blow up the warehouse. Later in the film, Joker kills four of Black Mask's mooks for no reason, after Black Mask (very reluctantly) freed Joker from Arkham. Joker then attempts to kill both the Red Hood's and Black Mask's gangs by covering them with gasoline and using a lighter to try to set them on fire. Also throughout the movie, Joker taunts Batman about Jason's death.
  • Counterpart Comparison: A lot of people noted Red Hood's resemblance to Deadpool when the first trailers went online. The similarities are even more marked in the actual film, where the character behaves near-identically to Deadpool in the latter's earlier appearances.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: In spades. There's Nightwing, the Fearsome Hand of Four, and Ms. Li.
  • Foe Yay: The Joker interrupting Batman's Tear Jerker speech by saying "aw, so you do think about me!" In the Joker's typically disturbing fashion, he says this while Batman is saying that not a day goes by where he doesn't think about killing the Joker.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Nightwing and Batman visit Joker in Arkham to see whether he was related to the Red Hood in any way, which he is not. However, his actions caused Jason Todd's death and subsequent transformation into Red Hood after his resurrection, so in a way the Joker was linked to Red Hood in more ways than one.
  • Fridge Horror: After Joker finishes beating Todd to within an inch of his life, he turns back as he's leaving and tells him, "Please tell the big man I said... hello." At first, it seems he's referring to Batman. But after it's revealed that he's rigged the place to explode long before Batman can rescue him, it takes on a new meaning altogether. He's not referring to Batman; he's referring to God.
    • It's almost certain some of the lieutenants Red Hood beheaded were with their families, perhaps at dinner, and were forced to watch his actions.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Many a fan doubted that John DiMaggio could pull off the Joker, but once they actually saw the movie, they quickly changed their minds.
    • Jensen Ackles as Jason raised some eyebrows, but he silenced everyone with a heartbreaking performance, especially in his final scene.
  • Idiot Plot: Some accuse the film of bordering on this, mainly due to Black Mask hiring the Joker.
  • It Was His Sled: A resurrected Jason Todd, the second Robin, is the Red Hood. For comic book fans, this is common knowledge and the film barely tries to treat it as a genuine mystery for long.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Jason Todd/Robin II/Red Hood.
    • Ra's al Ghul. Despite his being a ruthless supervillain who, as Batman says, has never shied away from shedding blood, his deep remorse and sorrow over Jason's fate, resurrection, and subsequent rampage are clearly heartfelt and genuine.
  • Like He Would Really Do It: Red Hood tossing a gun to Batman and telling him to shoot Joker.
  • Magnificent Bastard: See Batman Gambit.
  • Memetic Mutation: Variations of this piece of dialogue, swapping out Batman, Jason and Joker for other characters/parties:
    Jason Todd: Bruce, I forgive you for not saving me. But why, why on God's Earth...is he [Joker] still alive?!
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Joker crosses his in the film's opening scene, as he savagely beats Jason, then leaves him to die.
    • In-universe, Batman believes that killing the Joker, even after everything the latter has done, would be his, which is why he won't do it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jason Isaacs as Ra's Al-Ghul.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Like in the comic, Red Hood raises a good point on the naivety behind the idea that someone like the Joker can continue to walk the earth even though he'll continue to kill thousands.
    • And the fact that it's a logical fallacy to say killing the Joker would make Batman accept killing any criminal, when Joker has been the one villain who has never shown any capability of possible redemption in any form, unlike the rest of the Rogues Gallery.
    • He's also right about Batman not being able to stop crime — how long has Batman been trying without any success? And sometimes he even manages to make it worse.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Reactions to John DiMaggio's casting as Joker were... mixed, to say the least. The release of the character models featuring a somewhat burlier Joker eased concerns somewhat. And then the film was released and a lot of those who doubted he could pull off the role did a complete 180.
    • Audiences were also skeptical of Jensen Ackles playing a lead character, as he had never done voice acting work prior to this film.
    • And anyone other than Kevin Conroy as Batman raises suspicions. But Bruce Greenwood did a good job, especially as a Batman who's supposed to be a little older than we normally see him.

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