Batman is one of the most iconic and beloved superheroes in pop culture, and has seen numerous adaptations in various forms of media. Two such adaptations are the animated movies “Batman: Death in the Family” and “Batman: Under the Red Hood”. While these movies share some similarities, they are not the same movie.
What is Batman: Death in the Family?
“Batman: Death in the Family” is an animated movie that was released in 2020. It is a direct-to-video film that serves as a sequel to 2010’s “Batman: Under the Red Hood”, which we will discuss shortly. The movie is based on a comic book storyline from 1988 where fans were given the opportunity to vote on whether or not Jason Todd, the second person to take on the mantle of Robin, would live or die.
The movie features an interactive element where viewers can choose different outcomes for certain scenes, leading to multiple possible endings. The main story arc follows Batman as he investigates a new villain named The Joker who has resurfaced in Gotham City.
What is Batman: Under the Red Hood?
“Batman: Under the Red Hood” is an animated movie that was released in 2010. It is based on a comic book storyline from 2005-2006 where an unknown villain takes over Gotham’s criminal underworld, and Batman must confront his past when his former sidekick Jason Todd returns as a new vigilante known as The Red Hood.
The movie explores themes such as loss, grief, and redemption while featuring intense action sequences and emotional character moments. It received critical acclaim for its mature storytelling and voice acting.
How Are They Similar?
Both movies feature Jason Todd as a major character. In “Death in the Family”, viewers can choose whether or not he dies like he did in the original comic book storyline. In “Under the Red Hood”, he is already dead and returns as The Red Hood.
Both movies also feature The Joker as a significant antagonist. In “Death in the Family”, he is the main villain who resurfaces in Gotham City, while in “Under the Red Hood”, he is revealed to have been involved in Jason Todd’s death.
How Are They Different?
While both movies share similar themes and characters, they are not the same movie. “Death in the Family” is a choose-your-own-adventure style movie that features multiple possible endings and focuses on The Joker’s return to Gotham. “Under the Red Hood” follows Batman as he confronts his past and deals with the emergence of a new villain, The Red Hood.
Additionally, “Under the Red Hood” was released ten years before “Death in the Family” and was not intended to be a sequel. While there are some references to events from “Under the Red Hood” in “Death in the Family”, they are separate stories that can be enjoyed independently.
In conclusion, while both movies share some similarities such as characters and themes, they are not the same movie. “Batman: Death in the Family” is an interactive movie that allows viewers to choose different outcomes, while “Batman: Under the Red Hood” follows Batman as he confronts his past and deals with a new villain. Both movies are worth watching for fans of Batman and superhero stories alike.