Although the highly anticipated "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" is scheduled to come out in just under two weeks, further details about the next DC direct-to-DVD animated feature have already begun to emerge. As reported late last year, "Batman: Under The Hood" will be the latest comic storyline adapted into a film with animation legend Bruce Timm executive producing and Brandon Vietti ("Superman: Doomsday") on board as the director.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Bruce Greenwood will star as Batman, with John DiMaggio ("Futurama") as the Joker, "Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood and Jason Isaacs as Ra's Al Ghul. "Doctor Horrible" and "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris will portray Nightwing.
"Batman: Under The Hood" will be adapted by Judd Winick and based on the storyline of the same name that Winick wrote in the "Batman" comic series with artists Doug Mahnke and Paul Lee.
The story finds Batman contending with a figure from his past who has donned the identity of the Red Hood — a former alias of the Joker — in order to pursue his revenge against the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime.
While several DC heroes also appeared in the original story — including Green Arrow and Zatanna — it is currently unknown if they will appear within the film.
It should also be noted that the story in the LA Times identifies the film as "Batman: Under The Red Hood" even though the original story was simply called "Under The Hood."
A sneak preview of "Batman: Under The Hood" will likely appear on the "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" DVD when it is released on February 23.
What do you think about the voice cast of this project? Are you looking forward to Bruce Greenwood and Neil Patrick Harris squaring off against John DiMaggio and Jensen Ackles? What other "Batman" storylines would you like to see adapted into animated features? Fire up the Batsignal and let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!