Blu-ray Review: SON OF BATMAN

PrintE-mail Written by Andrew Pollard

REVIEW: SON OF BATMAN / CERT: 12A / DIRECTOR: ETHAN SPAULDING / SCREENPLAY: JOE LANSDALE / STARRING: JASON O’MARA, STUART ALLAN, MORENA BACCARIN, THOMAS GIBSON, GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / RELEASE DATE: MAY 5TH

Yes, as the title suggests, this latest animated fare brings audiences an introduction to Damian Wayne (Allan). The lovechild of Bruce Wayne (O’Mara) and Talia al Ghul (Baccarin), this creation of Grant Morrison’s often split the comic book community. No longer with us in that medium, the expertly trained, slightly psychopathic pre-teen is now getting the small screen treatment.

When Ra’s al Ghul (Esposito) and his League of Shadows are attacked by Deathstroke (Gibson) and his cohorts, Talia makes the decision to send son Damian to Gotham City to be introduced to his father, the Caped Crusader. With Batman unaware that he even has a son at this point, the Dark Knight’s world is flipped on its head. Not only does Bruce Wayne now have a child, said sprog just so happens to have been trained by the League of Shadows from birth. With a penchant for revenge and death, much like grandfather Ra’s, the young Damian is fully prepared to take the life of any who have wronged him – in this case Deathstroke, et al – and it is down to the World’s Greatest Detective to instil a sense of morality and a willingness to do the right thing into his newly discovered offspring. Tangled up in all of this, we also have a subplot involving Kirk Langstrom (Xander Berkeley) and an army of Man-Bats, plus fleeting appearances from Dick Grayson (Sean Maher), aka Nightwing, and a few familiar faces.

For long-time fans of DC’s animated features, it still surprises to not hear Kevin Conroy’s dulcet tones as the Dark Knight. This isn’t helped by the fact that Jason O’Mara’s voice just seems so un-Batman; it lacks the maturity, grit and integrity a Batman should convey. And herein lies one of the biggest problems of Son of Batman: the voice casting and the characterisations of certain folk. O’Mara’s Batman simply lacks any sort of gravitas, whilst Gibson’s Deathstroke is taken from being one of the world’s prime killers to being a whining, pathetic shell of an assassin. The al Ghul’s are fine for what they are needed for, whereas young Stuart Allan does well as the pompous, immature Damian, and David McCallum’s Alfred is perfectly played, stealing all of the film’s best lines.

Impressive anime-lite action is brought to life with a score that’s a poor imitation of a Hans Zimmer effort, and some of the film’s bigger sequences, such as the opening attack on the League of Shadows, are ridiculous even by comic book logic. Son of Batman just ends up feeling like a massive case of style over substance, a movie mishandled in so many ways. Given how mediocre Justice League War was, we were hoping for a return to form here. Sadly, that’s not the case.

Extras: Four featurettes / Sneak peak at Batman – Assault on Arkham / Four bonus cartoon episodes


Suggested Articles:
Released originally in 1992, this classily presented BFI Blu-Ray release of writer/director Neil Jor
By this fourth season, the adventures of OB/GYN doctor Mindy Lahiri (series creator, producer, write
Since the release of the outstanding Shaun the Sheep Movie back in early 2015, the episodic TV serie
Yu-Gi-Oh GX Season 2 has 52 episodes and that is far more than it actually needed. Because of this t
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

THE CRYING GAME 19 February 2017

THE MINDY PROJECT SEASON 4 15 February 2017

TRAIN TO BUSAN 14 February 2017

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL 14 February 2017

ABANDONED DEAD 14 February 2017

SHAUN THE SHEEP: PIZZA PARTY 09 February 2017

YU-GI-OH GX SEASON 2 08 February 2017

BEYOND THE GATES 06 February 2017

WOODY ALLEN: SEVEN FILMS - 1986-1991 06 February 2017

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER 06 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner