DC Showcase: Jonah Hex
|DC Showcase: Jonah Hex|
|Directed by||Joaquim Dos Santos|
|Produced by||Bobbie Page|
Joaquim Dos Santos
|Written by||Joe R. Lansdale|
|Music by||Benjamin Wynn|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex is a 2010 short animated western action film directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and written by noted western comics writer Joe R. Lansdale, featuring the voice of Thomas Jane as disfigured bounty hunter Jonah Hex on the trail of a ruthless brothel madame who has murdered his latest quarry. The film, which was released on July 27, 2010 as a bonus feature on the Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD, was the second of the DC Showcase series and was included on the compilation DVD DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection in an extended version.
Taking place in the Old West, a ruthless outlaw named Red Doc who claims he can take on anyone and anything arrives in a town bar looking for more booze and action. Just then, a bar-employed prostitute named Madame Lorraine spots Red Doc and invites him upstairs as a scared bar maiden looks on. But as they get comfortable, she kills him, takes his money and has two of her henchmen dispose of the body, as she has done to many men in the past.
The next day, Jonah Hex arrives in the same town as before, spooking everyone with his disfigurement. After easily besting an arrogant young man who taunts him, Jonah goes into the bar and asks the bartender about Red Doc, who has a $5,000 bounty on his head, though the bartender claims he never saw him. Then the scared bar girl from before informs him about Madame Lorraine, who goes after the men with money, who then are never seen again. After paying the girl off, Hex buys drinks for the entire saloon to get Lorraine's attention. After joining her upstairs, however, Hex manages to avoid her shot by tossing his hat and knocks her out. He then proceeds to fight her henchmen, quickly killing the short one with his gun and defeating the large one in a brawl by knocking his face into a hot stove with his own ax and then kicking him over a rail outside the room. The bartender, who was in on Lorraine's scheme, attempts to kill Jonah with a shotgun but is then killed by Hex, allowing the patrons to enjoy all the booze for free.
Using the short henchman's gun, Jonah threatens Lorraine to tell him where Red Doc is. Lorraine takes him to an abandoned mine and shows him a dark hole that leads to a caved-in lower shaft. She and Hex journey down, and it is revealed that Lorraine had murdered at least fifteen men. As Hex finds and secures Red's body, Lorraine tries once more to kill him with a knife she found lodged in one of the bodies, but he anticipates this and punches her away. By the time she comes to, Hex reaches back outside the hole with Red. Lorraine offers that they could be partners, but Hex refuses this deal by kicking down the rope, trapping her there. When Lorraine pleads that he can't leave her all alone, Hex responds by saying that she has plenty of companions, all of whom she knew. As Hex departs, Lorraine trembles as she stares at the corpses she made herself; the only lamp in the shaft slowly goes out, leaving her trapped in the dark.
- Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex
- Linda Hamilton as Madame Lorraine
- Jason Marsden as Young Man, Bartender
- Michael Rooker as Red Doc
- Michelle Trachtenberg as Bar Girl
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- Harvey, James (July 9, 2010). "Complete Cast And Crew, Features Details For "Batman: Under The Red Hood"". worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
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