Ryan Thomason

Son of Batman skips the daddy issues and kicks baddies in the face

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Just like with Justice Legaue: War and Flashpoint Paradox that WB has been sending us to review, Son of Batman continues the line of excellent animated movies set in the DC Universe.

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Synopsis: Batman learns he has a son, Damian – and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of his most dreaded enemies, Ra’s Al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences.

First off, the animation is simply gorgeous. I wonder how well these movies would work in a theater if these would stop being direct to buy. Yes, they may not have the big pull like a live action would in the movie theaters, but damn, in BluRay on my TV it was complete eye candy. I’d love to see Son of Batman on a giant screen and preferably with a box of cold Junior Mints.

Son of Batman very much earns the PG-13 rating, there is blood splattering and such that you might want to keep in mind for kids. The voice work was well done, with principal cast being: Batman / Bruce Wayne is voiced by Jason O’Mara, Damian by Stuart Allan, Deathstroke (Thomas Gibson), and Firefly/Serenity fans might recognize the voice of Talia al Ghul (Morena Baccarin) I honestly don’t have anything negative about this movie written in my notes. It was fun, full of action and the Bruce Wayne/Damian dynamic was fun to watch. I gave a fist in the air when Nightwing/Dick Grayson (Sean Maher – the casting people must be REALLY big Firefly geeks) came to the scene to literally kick the crap out of Damian to get the kid under control.

My favorite line from the whole movie is when at first Damian is left with Batman, he looks at the car as they’re about to get in. “I can drive, I know how.” Batman replies without hesitating. “No.” It’s such a great scene, and bought that light touch of laughter into this otherwise fairly dark movie. Batman/Damian are not going on some cross country roadtrip to connect, nor are they going to do anything sentimental. Damian is all businesses, to the point of outright declaring Wayne Industries his “Birthright”. I enjoyed all the Man-Bats, and have a new appreciation for Deathstroke as a villain, someone I really want to get more reasearch on.

I’ve never explored this father/son relationship in the DC comics, I knew of it at the least. Watching this movie makes me want to secure everything I can to be more knowledgeable about Daddy Batman. If you’re looking for another excellent DC Animation movie, this is worth adding into your collection. Just remember this one thing.

Batman will never let you drive the Batmobile, even if your his son.

Son of Batman releases on May 6, 2014 — on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. We were provided with a copy for review purposes.

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