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Son Of Batman Blu-ray Review

Son of Batman Blu-ray

Your opinion of “Son of Batman” will entirely depend on how you feel about the character of Damian Wayne.

For those that aren’t aware, “Son of Batman” is based on the “Batman and Son” comic series by writer Grant Morrison. Why DC/Warner didn’t use the same name is beyond me, but it’s a minor quibble. Anyway, the story of this DC animated flick finds the League of Assassins in the midst of a hostile takeover by former LOA member Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. Enter the child of Bruce Wayne and Talia (Damian Wayne) who Talia drops off with Batman after Ra’s al Ghul is killed in a battle with Deathstroke. Batman, who never knew he had a child, quickly learns that Damian is a smart, skilled, argumentative young child who has a different code of honor than he does. After all, he did grow up with Talia, Ra’s al Ghul, and the League of Shadows. Differences aside, however, Batman and Damian begin to develop a sort of bond with Damian eventually joining his side as a new Robin. Can Batman and Robin work together to stop Deathstroke from carrying out his plan?

While some “Batman” fans may be intrigued by the idea of seeing Batman as a father, the concept is hard to embrace due to the fact that the entire story arc feels like a bad sales gimmick. Damian Wayne (at least in this film) never feels like anything more than an unlikable, bratty, and forced character whose sole existence is to mix things up in the Batman universe. It doesn’t help that the voice actor who portrays him (Stuart Allan) is woefully miscast (as is Jason O’Mara who sounds more like a grumpy Harrison Ford than he does Batman).

Even though the Damian character is better left in the archives, the rest of the screenplay (penned by Joe R. Lansdale) is adequate. While I could have done without the Man-Bats/animal human hybrid subplot, the screenplay is surprisingly well structured, and more importantly, complete. This story never becomes a messy, chaotic, cameo filled adventure that we so often see in this animated DC films. The adult tone of the characterization and action/violence was also appreciated here. This movie could have easily been a watered down father and son story, but it thankfully never becomes one.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The crisp hi-def transfer looks superb, but it really does highlight the animation flaws to a distracting degree at times.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? action, score, dialogue lively

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital HD copy.
*Warner/DC Entertainment trailers.
* A Sneak Peek At DCU Batman: Assault On Arkham”- A look at the upcoming rogues gallery centric “Batman” DC animated film. This one looks very promising.
* A “Batman Beyond” episode titled “Out of the Past,” two “Batman: the Brave and the Bold” episodes (“The Knights of Tomorrow!” and “Sidekicks Assemble!”), and one from “Batman: The Animated Series” (“Showdown”).
* “Designing The Characters With Phil Bourassa”- The lead character designer of “Son of Batman” talks about his job.
* “The Fang and the Demon Head: The League of Assassins”- A featurette on various Batman comic book storylines and characters such as Ra’s al Ghul) and Talia.
* “Strange Blood Ties: Damian Wayne”- A featurette on the character’s history.

Overall Thoughts: “Son of Batman” is a watchable DC animated feature film. It’s certainly not on the level of classics like “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” or “Batman: Year One,” but it beats watching “Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman” or “Batman: Gotham Knight.”

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April 26, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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