Holy LET DOWN Batman! The Long Halloween Part 1 was an impressive Noir-style Detective Story, that really surprised me. But The Long Halloween Part 2 is a long and boring episode of 1995’s Batman: The Animated Series, with The long Halloween elements relegated to subplot status.
All of Gotham’s goofy goons come out to play in this half of the story, and for some reason, Batman isn’t even Batman-enough to protect himself, let alone Gotham City. Good example: Poison Ivy, with her magic plants that can do absolutely anything, gets the drop on Bruce Wayne. And he becomes her sex-slave/sugar daddy for a full THREE MONTHS before he’s rescued. Yes, rescued! And it takes three months.
Then later, Batman gets into a fight with skinny Scarecrow, who jabs him in the side when he’s not looking, with a syringe of fear toxin. Rookie mistake for Batman! I mean, doesn’t the batsuit offer any kind of protection? Plus, while Batman is fully down and out, dreaming about his dead parents, Scarecrow doesn’t unmask him or kill him. Though the opportunity is right there.
Then, in another battle with Scarecrow, The Mad Hatter sneaks up behind Batman and knocks him out. And they tie him up and wheel him around Gotham in the back of a one horse wagon, but never think to just kill him and unmask him. So he has time to wake up, get free, and thwart their scheme. This is a Batman that depends on pure dumb luck to get the job done.
And when they FINALLY reveal who the Halloween Killer is, it’s unbelievable. Because they never show how that person was able to do any of it. That person’s story should have been the focus of The Long Halloween Part 2. But it wasn’t. Instead, we just get a long monologue explaining the why of it all, that totally fails to fully explain why the murders HAD to take place on every Holiday. I guess it’s Gotham, so revenge is best served cold, and with a gimmick.
The Joker, Grundy, and The Penguin show up in little more than cameos. And big surprise, Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face. What a let down y’all!