Fans of the long-running CW series Supernatural, have fond memories of the actor Jensen Ackles as monster-hunter Dean Winchester. While there are multiple memorable scenes from the show, who doesn’t remember his iconic “I am Batman” when he came in possession of the infamous rabbit’s foot in Season 2? But fate certainly does work in mysterious ways as now he is officially the Batman of DC’s animated universe and judging by the recently released trailer of Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 1, which gives us a first look at the actor as the Caped Crusader, he is going to be one badass saviour of the Gotham city.
The trailer of the animated DC film, The Long Halloween, which is based on the popular mid-1990s graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, presents the saviour of the city of Gotham, Batman (Jensen Ackles), and Attorney Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel) form an unlikely truce to fulfil their one mission- to put a stop to the bloody war between two dangerous mob families while solving the case of a mysterious murderer, The Holiday Killer, who sets out to target victims only during holidays.
While we have Jensen Ackles’ Bruce Wayne leading the charge, we also get brief glimpses of the most iconic villains of the Batman universe like the Joker (Troy Baker), Calendar Man (David Dastmalchian), and Solomon Grundy (Fred Tatasciore).
Batman: The Long Halloween, an adaptation of the most critically acclaimed graphic novel about the Caped Crusader, is Supernatural star Jensen Ackles’ second animated DC role after he played the titular villain in 2010’s Batman: Under the Red Hood.
The upcoming Batman: The Long Halloween is the first part of two instalments, wherein the second part is going to include a lot more violence as while The Motion Picture Association (MPA) has rated Part 1 as only PG-13, an R-rating has been allotted to the second part, meaning that it has content that can only be viewed by adults. This means that the films will follow the trajectory of the comic-book storyline wherein the presence of violence increased substantially as the story progressed. Whether Jensen Ackles or the rest of the voice cast will be returning for the next film is yet to officially confirmed.
But still, Jensen Ackles is pretty stocked about voicing Batman in The Long Halloween. He even took to Instagram recently to post a collage of him alongside the Caped Crusader and raved about the opportunity to play the character. He shared that he had been approached for the film years ago and they had even recorded voices but the news was only made public recently.
“Secrets are hard to keep, especially when #Batman is involved. Animated or not…I actually get to say “I’m Batman”…and really mean it. Boyhood dream …can’t wait for more!” Jensen Ackles added.
Apart from Jensen Ackles as Batman, the rest of the voice cast includes the late actress Naya Rivera as Catwoman, Josh Duhamel as Two-Face, Billy Burke as James Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid as Alberto Falcone, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, and Alistair Duncan as Alfred Pennyworth.
The film is written by Tim Sheridan and directed by Chris Palmer, with Jim Krieg and Kimberly S. Moreau as producers. The Long Halloween, Part 1 is all set to be released sometime this summer, followed by Part Two debuting in the fall.