The animated DC Universe expands again this July with Batman: Under the Red Hood, coming to Blu-ray and DVD July 27th. DC veteran Judd Winick wrote the script based on his 2005 comic storyline, which pits Bats against the mysterious Red Hood, a villain whose true identity promises to reopen old wounds.

Bruce Timm is yet again in the executive producer’s chair, and Bruce Greenwood (or his voice at least) will be donning the cape and cowl as the Dark Knight. Also along for the ride are Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles as The Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, John DiMaggio as The Joker, and Jason Isaacs as Ra’s Al Ghul.

In addition to a featurette and a sneak peak at the next direct-to-DVD DC outing, Red Hood will include a new animated short based on DC’s western character Jonah Hex, written by Southern-fried author Joe Lansdale. No surprise as to that character choice, since the live-action Jonah Hex movie hits screens June 18th. So even if that movie sucks, you still might get some quality Hex here in animated form.

As usual, you can choose from Blu-ray ($29.99), two-disc DVD special edition ($24.98), or bare-bones single-disc DVD, and the flick will also be available On Demand and for download. Here are the disc specs, and below those we’ve got the trailer for you. It’s bat-tastic.

Two-Disc DVD
Will contain over two hours of special features, including:
  • Featurette: Robin’s Story -- It was decided it was time to add a fresh face into the story mix, which turned out to be Dick Grayson, aka Robin. This is the story of Dick Grayson and how he transformed into Robin, with Batman as his father-figure role model.
  • Extended Sneak Peek at the next DC UNIVERSE Animated Original PG-13 Movie.
  • Widescreen (1.78:1)
  • Two title-themed episodes from of Warner Bros. Animation’s 20-year history of Batman television series, hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm.

Will contain over three hours of bonus features, including everything from the two-disc DVD as well as:
  • Featurette: Death in the House of Batman -- The story of how DC Comics heard the fans’ cry that the new Robin was not going to fit the cape, and how the Boy Wonder was scheduled to die.
  • Two additional bonus Batman-themed episodes personally selected by Bruce Timm
  • Digital copy

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