For any big Batman or Batman: Animated Series fan, this is pretty awesome news. The famous story arch of The Red Hood has been turned into an animated film set for straight to DVD release on July 27. The film, similar to the comics, is set years after Jason Todd’s (the second Robin) death and follows Batman as he battles a new mysterious villain, Red Hood. I won’t give any spoilers away for those who haven’t read the story, but the twists are pretty crazy and the movie has an assortment of characters from Joker and Nightwing to Ra’s al Ghul to stick to the comics as much as it can.

While neither Kevin Conroy nor Mark Hamill return to voice the characters of Batman and Joker respectively, the new cast does include Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser M.D., How I Met Your Mother) and John DiMaggio (Gears of War, Futurama) to name just a few.

I know I’m excited about this thing and am definitely going to pick me up a copy come July 27, how about you guys?

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