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My husband is an awesome guy and went to Best Buy as soon as they opened this morning to pick me up the DVD of Under the Red Hood. I found out they had an exclusive Red Hood figure there, so I had to have my own little Jensen!

And here he is!




And here's the packaging:




So head off to Best Buy and you, too, can have your own Mini!Jensen!
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Hey folks!

Just came across this exclusive interview with Jensen, over at Amazon. What's cool is that he talks about Supernatural and Dean in regards to similarities between Dean and Red Hood.


 

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So I was up waaay too late last night (like most of fandom) watching Jensen's movie Under the Red Hood (thanks to three lovely ladies. You know who you are and you rock!).

Before going into this movie I was aware of the history of Jason Todd, but the filmmakers have done such a good job that you don't even need to know who Batman is to watch this film. They do an excellent job of quickly explaining who all the characters are and what happened to Jason to set all of this in motion.

This is one violent cartoon, let me tell you. People are beat to a pulp and/or shot and killed about every 10 minutes. Yikes!

Jensen, of course, does an amazing job, just like all of the reviews said. But Neil Patrick Harris, as Nightwing, is the other standout performance. Hands down, he had the best, and funniest lines. Unfortunately, he's only in the beginning part of the movie, which is a shame.

Bruce Greenwood does a good job as Batman, but the voice of the Joker and Black Mask annoyed me.

I was surprised that Jensen wasn't in this more, though. Let me clarify - Red Hood is seen quite a bit, but the majority of the time he's running or jumping or fighting and not speaking. And listening to Jensen's sexy voice is why I wanted to see this so badly.

But when Jensen does speak he NAILS it. He truly was the best voice talent and I'm honestly not just saying that because I'm a big fan of his. He had the most intensity of any of the other actors, including Bruce Greenwood. His voice went from being cocky to sarcastic to pissed off and everything in between. And when we finally get to the long-awaited Red Hood/Batman confrontation at the end, the pain and hurt and anger in Jensen's voice broke my heart.

This boy has an excellent second career ahead of him as a voice actor, that's for sure.

The ending is left...open ended. I have my theory as to what happened with Red Hood, and after all of you see it I'd be interested in your opinion as well.

I'll still be buying the DVD when it comes out on July 27th, and I encourage all of you to do so as well, even if you've already seen it like me. It's just a good way to support Jensen in his newest endeavor. :-)
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Here's another review of Under the Red Hood, from ComicBookMovie.com with a very interesting comment by the reviewer, who doesn't like Jensen, but seems to have changed his mind by the end...


But as the film and story moved on I did start to like the voice acting a lot more but I still do think the voices could be better than they were. But that’s not the case for Jensen Ackles as Red Hood he was awesome did a really good job of it by far the best voice acting in it ( I must say I really don’t like Ackles at all but in this id forgotten it was him by the end of the film so that’s a good thing ).

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Perhaps his personal opinion of Jensen will change now. Wonder why he doesn't like him.
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Many thanks to my lovely friend [livejournal.com profile] sen1995 for the heads up! Here's a brand new clip from Under the Red Hood with lots and lots of Jensen's awesome voice. :-)


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Advance reviews of Batman: Under the Red Hood are starting to come in and there's nothing but praise for Jensen!

From DVDVerdict.com:


The best performance is Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood. He gives the character equal parts youthful energy and cold menace, creating a memorable villain to go toe-to-toe with ol' Batty.

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From WFDVDReport.com:

Then of course there is Jensen Ackles as The Red Hood, which is probably one of the strongest performances out of the entire film—really quite exceptional all around.

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Like we didn't know he'd be awesome. :-)
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[livejournal.com profile] trillian276709 ROCKS! She just came across this info that she shared with me that I wanted to pass along to any of you lucky enough to be attending ComicCon this year...


Friday, July 23rd - 8:00 pm -10:00 pm - World Premiere: Batman: Under the Red Hood— Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros.

Animation proudly present the World Premiere of Batman: Under the Red Hood, the eighth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 movies.

In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. Killing is an option. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened. The stellar voice cast is led by Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Jason Issacs (the Harry Potter films), and Vincent Martella (Phineas & Ferb).

Executive producer Bruce Timm (DCU films), director Brandon Vietti (Superman: Doomsday), award-winning comics writer Judd Winick, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (DCU films) and members of the voice cast will be around for a postscreening panel that will reveal details behind the making of the film, a glimpse of the 2011 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, and a first look at the next DCU film, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Warner Home Video will distribute Batman: Under the Red Hood on Blu-Ray and DVD, OnDemand and For Download on July 27, 2010.

Note: a second encore screening will take place in the same room beginning at 10:15.

Ballroom 20

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Doesn't look like Jensen will be there, but you'll still get to see the movie before the rest of us!
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] _hopefulness_  for the find!  For some reason, the way he's wearing his hat it looks like he doesn't have any hair! LOL!  Is it silly how much I want to see this movie? :-)

And Jensen, I'm sorry you didn't get the Emmy nomination you so richly deserved, but you'll ALWAYS be a winner to us.

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ComicBookMovie.com has an interview up with Andrea Romano, about the Under the Red Hood animated movie that Jensen did. Here's what the voiceover director had to say about Jensen:

QUESTION: How did Jensen Ackles perform in his maiden voyage in animation?

ANDREA ROMANO: When you get a first-timer in the booth, there are often risks involved, particularly in understanding the techniques involved in working with the microphone. Jensen picked it up so quickly and was so effective in this very difficult role. Red Hood is written as such an embittered, angry, verging-on-insane character, and it can so easily be overplayed. But Jensen found just the right level of energy and flair. I loved his acting. His quality was dead-on, and he really offers a perfect balance with Bruce (Greenwood).

As a director, you live the emotions with the actor. There’s one scene where Jensen has to let his emotions completely bubble to the surface. I had to work really hard to see my script through the tears that I was crying with him as he let his emotions come through.

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Go, Jensen!! I really can't wait for this movie!
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Here's the first trailer for Jensen's "Under the Red Hood" movie, due out July 27th!


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From ComicBookMovie.com:

Warner Bros. recently released a few new images featuring the main characters of the upcoming direct-to-video film Batman: Under the Red Hood along with the film's official description:

Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham City with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. Killing is an option. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two, hard truths emerge and old wounds reopen.


And here's what Jensen's character looks like:




DC Direct has also revealed their latest collectible sculpture of Red Hood, based off of the character from the animated film. The maquette is priced at $99.99 US and will be available for purchase July 7th, 2010.

        

 

Batman: Under the Red Hood is based off of the 2005 Batman storyline written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Doug Mahnke. Brandon Vietti directed the film; of which Winick himself wrote the screenplay. Providing the voices for the film are Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, and Jensen Ackles as Red Hood.


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There's also a new website for the Red Hood movie that hasn't quite gone live yet, but you can sign up for updates: http://www.warnervideo.com/batmanredhood/

They show the release date as Summer 2010.

I know I can't WAIT for this, to hear Jensen voice the Red Hood. :-)  I was thinking it would be neat to buy the maquette and have Jensen autograph it at some point (if he'd sign up for the Chicago con already! Argh!) until I saw that it was $99.99. Ouch! That's a bit steep. But I think Jensen would probably get a kick out of signing some Red Hood memoribilia. :-)
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Hey all!

I've got a download available of Andrea Romano's interview below (that I posted this morning) where she gushes like a fangirl over Jensen's voice work on Batman: Under the Red Hood. He brought her to TEARS, for crying out loud!

Enjoy! :-)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RJP48226
  (.mp4 file - 7.61 MB)

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This is Andrea Romano, the voice director for Under the Red Hood, talking about Jensen. He brought her to TEARS during this really emotional scene. She has nothing but praise for our boy. :-)

Man, I cannot WAIT to see this!

From ComicBookMovie.com

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Whoo-hoo! Check out our boy Jensen doing the voice work for Batman: Under the Red Hood. Good GOD, but that man's voice is so freakin' sexy. I know I'll be first in line this summer to be buying this DVD!

And what awesome things those folks had to say about him, too. :-)

P.S. - and how cute is he in the backwards baseball cap?

Start watching around the 2:45 minute mark:



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Exclusive First Look: Batman - Under the Red Hood

It may not be coming out until this summer, but CBM has your first look at the animated DVD adventure "Batman: Under the Red Hood," featuring interviews with Bruce Timm, Judd Winick, Bruce Greenwood and Jensen Ackles.

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The other newcomer to animation acting is Jensen Ackles, who voices the villain of the piece, the Red Hood. Ackles, of course, is best known for his portrayal of Dean Winchester on the CW series, Supernatural.

“There really wasn’t any heavy acting choices to make,” says Ackles regarding Red Hood. “It pretty much just bounced off the page, and I just tried to do it justice. With working in this medium, once you get clear on all the specific pronunciations and how the tone of the voice needs to rise and fall, it was really about focusing on the more emotional elements of the script, especially in the intense moments and trying to envision the scene with the characters. And envisioning yourself in that scenario. A lot of times if you can do that, if you can put yourself there, I think the voice follows suit.”

Between his work on Supernatural and now the world of Batman, Ackles obviously has had some experience working in what has affectionately been called the “fan boy genre.”

“The positives of working in this genre are that the fans are extremely devoted,” he offers. “People really invest themselves in these stories and characters, and the mythology behind them. To be a part of something that so many people really get behind and want more of is extremely gratifying.”

Batman: Under The Red Hood will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in October.
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Looks like I just missed posting this last night, but in case you hadn't heard, Jensen's got a new project coming up!

New Batman DVD to peek out from "Under the Red Hood"

February 9, 2010 |  6:40 pm

Plenty of of fanboys are anticipating the new Justice League DVD "Crisis on Two Earths," which premieres on Feb. 23, but that disc will also give birth to a new DC must-see home movie when the Dark Knight saga "Batman: Under the Red Hood" launches one of its first promos.

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Written by Judd Winick and based on his 2005 Batman comics story line, it's Batman versus another vigilante, Red Hood, who doesn't mind cleaning up Gotham by leaving dead bodies in his wake. Animated guru Bruce Timm exec produces this pretty violent look into crime on the streets, and it's directed by "Superman Doomsday" co-director Brandon Vietti, with a cavalcade of stars as voice talent. It all starts with Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek") as Batman, then continues with "Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") as Nightwing, John DiMaggio ("Futurama") as the Joker and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films) as Ra's Al Ghul.

This was one of the most popular story lines to come out of Batman in recent history. Will you watch?

-- Jevon Phillips

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How cool! I absolutely LOVE Jensen's voice, so I have a feeling I'll be buying this DVD. I wonder how he found out about this and auditioned for it. And how cool that he's playing the bad guy. :-)

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