While we wait for filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight,The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia, Memento) to return to the Batman franchise (the third film isn't expected until the summer of 2012), Warner Bros. keeps interest in the DC Universe high through direct-to-video animated films under producer Bruce Timm (Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series). Warner Bros.' direct-to-DVD division, Warner Premiere, has released seven titles in four years: Superman/Doomsday in 2007, Justice League: The New Frontier and Batman: Gotham Knight in 2008, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies in 2009, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths this past February. The eighth entry in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies collection, Batman: Under the Red Hood, hits virtual and real video shelves July 27th.

From the description available online, the trailer, and a newly released clip, Batman: Under the Red Hood leaves the Red Hood's identity as a central mystery for Batman to discover. To talk about the Red Hood character from the DC Comics universe is to talk about who wears the mask and his relationship to Bruce Wayne/Batman. But rather than spoil that bit of information for anyone unfamiliar with the Red Hood from the comic books, let's just say that he isn't an entirely new character. He's key to Batman's run in the comic books, but not in any of the films.