- Robin will die because the Joker wants revenge. But you can choose to save him.
DC Showcase Batman: Death in the Family is a 2020 entry to both the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and the DC Showcase sub-series. Unlike other entries, this is an interactive movie with different paths. It is an adaptation of A Death in the Family, an expansion of Batman: Under the Red Hood and probably a few other things as well. It is also the first Batman film to be released following the DC Animated Movie Universe franchise's conclusion.
Jason Todd was Batman's second Robin. Brash and headstrong, Jason would butt heads with Batman over certain moral choices. When word got out that the Joker might have gotten a hold of nuclear weapons, the two go in search of him. Jason found the Joker, but was swiftly captured, tortured, and left to die from a bomb explosion in a warehouse by the Clown Prince of Crime. Jason would die and be resurrected as the Red Hood.
In this movie, viewers will have a hand in forging Jason Todd's fate. Will he live or will he die? Should he live, would it be at the hands of the Caped Crusader, or will he cheat death? What will become of Jason should he survive? It's all up to you.
Bruce Greenwood, Vincent Martella, John DiMaggio, and Gary Cole all reprise their roles from the original Under the Red Hood movie as Batman, Jason Todd, Joker, and Commissioner Gordon, with Cole also voicing Two-Face and Zehra Fazal voicing Talia al Ghul.
While the Blu-ray version includes the fully-interactive, extended-length Batman: Death in the Family film, the Digital version features the Batman: Death in the Family extended-length short in a non-interactive format as a pre-assembled version of the story, entitled Under the Red Hood: Reloaded, and three other non-interactive versions of the movie's scenarios entitled "Jason Todd's Rebellion", "Robin's Revenge" and "Red Hood's Reckoning" as bonus features.
The trailer can be seen here.
Tropes Used In This Movie:
- Actor Allusion: Zehra Fazal voices Talia Al'Ghul, which wouldn't be the only time she voiced the daughter of an immortal being. Just look at Cassandra Savage .
- Adaptation Expansion: While it can be seen as a straightforward adaptation to the original Death in the Family and Under the Hood storylines, the branching narratives of Jason becoming either Hush or Red Robin help emphasize the "expansion" aspect. Furthermore, Two-Face, a villain who didn't appear in either storyline, is due to appear in the movie's "Jason becomes Red Robin" scenario. Meanwhile, Hyena, a villain who only appeared in the "Under the Hood" storyline, appears in the "Jason becomes Hush" scenario.
- Compilation Re-release: A rare non-video game example. Despite being released and marketed as its own thing, it's still considered a short film. As compensation, the movie will be including the previously released DC Showcase films from 2018-2019 featuring Sgt. Rock, Death, The Phantom Stranger, and Adam Strange.
- Darker and Edgier: Unlike the initial Under the Red Hood movie or much of the previous DC Showcase short films, this manages to be full-on rated R.
- Flipping the Bird: Jason as Red Robin pulls this off to someone.
- For Want of a Nail: The main premise of the movie: Does Jason die, does Batman save him or does Jason somehow cheat death? Between those three, you have Jason either becoming Red Hood, Hush, or Red Robin.
- Interactive Fiction: The movie places various choices at the hands of the viewers, letting them decide on how something happens. The use of this story could also double as a Mythology Gag, as the original story was infamous for the readers actually decide Jason's fate.
- Mythology Gag:
- The mere concept of Jason becoming either Hush or Red Robin. Originally, Hush was supposed to be Jason himself, but editorial got cold feet and vetoed the idea, giving way to Tommy Elliot being Hush. As for Red Robin, Jason took up that specific identity during the events of Countdown to Final Crisis.
- Also, the movie being Interactive Fiction itself is this due to the fact Jason's fate in the original "Death in the Family" story was decided upon by a poll.