This is what you’ve been waiting for! Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two answers all the questions the first part released last month. The film, directed by Chris Palmer, is adapted from the DC comic of the same name whose script is divided into two parts. Amazon Prime Video released the second series. The first series has to be admitted one of the best Batman stories to date. Now, is the second series able to provide a satisfying closing?

Continuing precisely the previous story (post-credit scene), Bruce is now entirely controlled by the hypnotic Poison Ivy who works under Carmine Falcone. While Batman is absent, The Holiday Killer is still in action to kill off criminal minions in Gotham City, right on a national holiday. Finally, Bruce is helped by Catwoman from Ivy’s clutches so that Batman can act again. The situation gets more complicated because the feud between two big gangsters, Maroni and Falcone, is getting hotter. Furthermore, Attorney Harvey Dent and Inspector Gordon were in their midst. Maroni tries to get close to Dent to ensnare his rival. Falcone also seeks Dent’s life, but the prosecutor has now become a completely different person.

Unlike the first series, the story of this second series is indeed quite complicated and confusing to follow. The plot tempo is fast, scene by scene, making it difficult to digest the story. The flashback segment also adds new information. I haven’t read the novel, but it could be that some parts are summarized or omitted in the plot so that we lose the direction of the story. Over time, more mysteries have been revealed, and we finally have the answer. In the closing segment, we know what happened, but we still miss many small things. I guess this second series needs to be watched more than once.

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This second part also features more of the iconic supervillain Batman. However, unlike before, where the Joker’s figure stole the attention, they only appear briefly, without adequate introduction. Other new characters that have occurred include Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter, and The Penguin. Solomon Grundy, who previously seemed briefly, now appeared more. Unlike before, the action segments are now difficult to enjoy because we are too busy digesting the story. If you want to conclude, The Long Halloween is the origin story of Two-Face (Harvey Dent).

More complex and less evocative of a mystery than the first series, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two is a satisfying ending to one of the best stories of the night knight in film. Reaffirming the review of the first series, this second series proves that the animated version of Batman is far superior to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) version. I was a bit surprised and questioned the DCEU fanatics who defended the films. What do they say about Batman: The Long Halloween? What makes this film special is not the whole cast, director, or visual style but the story’s strength. The Long Halloween answered with an elegant and classy style.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.

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