Batman: Death in the Family was one of the most iconic — and darkest — storylines in the Caped Crusader’s illustrious history. The death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, was a controversial one, mainly due to the fact that it was a result of a poll DC Comics issued to fans to decide his fate back in 1988. And now, fans can relive one of Batman’s darkest moments in the form of an interactive movie of the same name.
First revealed at IGN, DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family is the first DC animated movie to feature an interactive segment, a la Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix. At some point in the movie, viewers will be prompted to make the decision whether to let Robin survive the mutilation by The Joker, or let him be murdered.
As the trailer above suggests, the story will branch out depending on the choice, especially if Robin survives. Jason Todd is seen returning to Gotham City in Hush-esque bandages and assuming the mantle of Red Robin — a title that only his successor, Tim Drake, took up after coming of age as a superhero. What this means for the actual Tim Drake, and the rest of the Batman-centric continuity in the film, remains to be seen.
Of course, the canonical choice of letting Todd die leads to him being resurrected in the Lazarus Pit, going insane and returning to Gotham as the Red Hood, which would lead directly into 2010’s Batman: Under the Red Hood.
The voice cast in DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family includes Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Vincent Martella as Jason Todd, and John DiMaggio as Joker. Other voice actors include Zehra Fazal as Talia al Ghul, and Gary Cole taking up the dual roles of Two-Face and Commissioner Gordon.
DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family releases on Blu-ray and Digital HD in Fall 2020.
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