Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Son of Batman
Releases on DVD May 6th, 2014
Not Rated
1 hr 14 mins



Ethan Spaulding


Jason O'Mara - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Stuart Allan - Damian Wayne / Robin
Morena Baccarin - Talia al Ghul
Dee Bradley Baker - Man-Bat, The Joker
Xander Berkeley - Dr. Kirk Langstrom
Thomas Gibson - Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
Giancarlo Esposito - Ra's al Ghul
Sean Maher - Dick Grayson / Nightwing
David McCallum - Alfred Pennyworth
Diane Michelle - Francine Langstrom
Andrea Romano - Suit #2
Bruce Thomas - James Gordon, Ubu
Fred Tatasciore - Waylon Jones / Killer Croc
Kari Wahlgren - Rebecca Langstrom

Review by Stephen M.

One of the more popular Batman story lines in a long time at least for me.  Son of Batman originally written by Grant Morrison in 2006 in the comic books is adapted in a full length animation.  The story introduces Damian Wayne who as you guess from the title is Bruce Wayne's son courtesy of a date rape by Talia al Ghul so it seems.

The story starts off with an attack on Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins at their base.  The attackers are led by Deathstroke who in the film seems to be a former protégé of Ra's.  I was hoping for a nice long battle between the two classic powerhouse villains.  Sadly that was not to be the case.  The beginning is a setup of course for Damian to join his father in Gotham.  Jason O'Mara in his second film voice acting Batman does a decent job.  Stuart Allan as Damian fits perfectly as does Morena Baccarin as Talia.

One of the things that I enjoy about the story is the contrast of characters between Damian and the rest of the Bat family.  The play by the book good guys vs. the little kid trained as a child to be a killer.  I wished we could've seen more of the interaction between Nightwing/Dick Grayson and Damian.  The action in intense in the film, from Batman vs. Killer Croc to Damian vs. Deathstroke.  If you can't stomach a child getting beaten, albeit a cartoon child, then you may want to skip it.  Unlike the DC animations of old, the death counts piles up quickly in the last few DC films including this one.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film.  The animation is well done, as well as good acting to go along along with a well written plot.  The violence and language is a bit harsh for younger kids to watch this.  I am also glad they decided not to squeeze in what happens to the Wayne Enterprise heir in comic books recently.  Also of side note, while we get to see Dick Grayson as Nightwing.  There are no mentions of another rebellious Robin in the form of Jason Todd or even Tim Drake in this movie.  Most of Batman's other rogues also are only seen in fleeting seconds as Batman walks through Arkham Asylum.


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