One of the most acclaimed Batman stories, Batman: The Long Halloween will finally be adapted into a two-part animated movie. The voice cast was revealed Wednesday on The Hollywood Reporter and has some DC alumni as well as newcomers this time around.
Leading the cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne is Jensen Ackles, who had previously voiced Jason Todd/Red Hood in 2010’s Batman: Under The Red Hood. Joining Ackles are Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, 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, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, and Alastair Duncan as Alfred.
Former Glee star Naya Rivera, who died in July last year, completed her voice work as Catwoman/Selina Kyle for The Long Halloween. It will be her last credited role.
Written by Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, The Long Halloween ran for 13 issues from 1996-97. The story focused on a Batman early in his career and a Gotham plagued by a killer, known as Holiday, who struck once a month. It’s up to Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and newly-elected Harvey Dent to solve the crime and work together for the first time.
The influential story, particularly its use of Harvey Dent/Two-Face, was used to mold Aaron Eckart’s version from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. It’s also rumored to be an influence for Matt Reeves’ upcoming film The Batman, especially with how Carmine Falcone is modeled after Sale’s interpretation.
There is no official release day for either part one or two of Batman: The Long Halloween.