I love when films and comics take the dark, gritty appraoch to telling their stories, which is why A Death In The Family is one of my favourite DC story arcs. For those of you who aren't aware, the story culminates in Joker almost beating the second Robin, Jason Todd, to death with a crowbar, before blowing up the warehouse he was being held in, just before Batman arrives, merely a second too late. After these events, Jason Todd is resurrected in a Lazarus Pit by Talia Al Ghul, and the Boy Wonder becomes the vigilante known as The Red Hood. A younger man, trained by Batman, who isn't above killing can be a dangerous person to have on the streets, and he's one of my favourite DC characters. Having made a recent appearance in The Arkham Knight, it might just be time for Red Hood to step up and make his proper live-action debut.
Now, granted, it isn't exactly the big screen many were hoping Jason Todd would make his debut on, but that might just end up being a good thing. Here's a few reason why I think Red Hood: The Fallen deserves your attention, and why it could be the best DC fan film to date.
1. The death of Jason Todd
It's alright, you can admit it; most of us have probably wanted to see this iconic characters death portrayed in live action, one way or another. It was a hard hit on both the readers and the members of the DC universe, and has gone on to be one of the Joker's most defining moments, and only adds to his relationship with the Caped Crusader. Oh, and Jason believes that Batman stopped looking for him and left him to die, which means he has a slight vendetta against the Bat. If that doesn't make for an interesting story, I don't know what will.
2. Another Joker
Now, as we're going to be seeing the passing of one Jason Todd, you /need/ to have a Joker. And as the trailer shows (link at the end of the article), we're most definitely getting a new Jester of Geonocide. And that makes me very excited, it seems the Joker mantle has really taken off lately...
3. The action sequences
So, being Robin comes with a certain degree of on-the-job training, specifically in a buttload of martial arts styles, and other forms of hand-to hand combat. Now, straight away that makes for interestng fight scenes, but now that we have an anti-hero who isn't above killing, we might get to see some all-guns-blazing shootouts between Red Hood, and which every particular gang he's looking to clean up, which brings me to my next point....
4. Black Mask
In the comics, after becoming Red Hood, Jason sets assumes control over various gangs in Gotham City and starts a one-man war against Black Mask's criminal empire. He actively tries to keep the city free of crime, but in a much more violent way and brutal way than Batman ever did. A confrontation between The Black Mask and The Red Hood in live action would definitely be something worth watching.
So, that's just a handful of reasons why I think Red Hood: The Fallen will be a fantastic addition to the already impressive DC fan films collection, and why it could lead on to something so much bigger, and better. As promised, here's a link to the trailer, and thanks for reading.