As per standard operating procedure, Tuesday’s release of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths came with a bonus look at DC’s next comic book DVD movie, Batman: Under the Red Hood. Finally, someone has put it on YouTube (and thankfully tipped to me by Neon Tofu); part one is above. It doesn’t have any animation, but it does have several animatics and color character designs, so it’s certainly worth a look. Also, if you hadn’t heard, it reveals that Bruce Greenwood (Captain Pike in the new Trek) will be Batman, Neil Patrick Harris will voice Nightwing, and Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles will play Red Hood, which is kind of a nerd voice-acting hat trick. So what’s the verdict? Interested? Dismayed? Cautiously optimistic?
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.