Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2014

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"Son of Batman" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Son of Batman, the 20th DC Universe Animated Original Movie and an adaptation of Grant Morrison’s comic series “Batman and Son”, finds the Dark Knight (voiced by Jason O’Mara) discovering that he has a child with Talia Al Ghul (Morena Baccarin). Filled with great action, witty dialogue, and superb animation, Son of Batman satisfies on many levels. Damian has been trained his entire life to inherit Ra’s title as head of the League of Shadows, and possesses wisdom and skill far beyond his ten years. However, it falls to Bruce to teach him respect, restraint and control, as when Damian lands on the doorstep of Wayne Manor he’s essentially an entitled, petulant child. All the while, a killer is stalking the boy.

Specifications

  • Warner Home Video
  • 2014, Color, Rated: PG-13, 1 hour 14 minutes
  • DTS-HDMaster Audio 5.1
  • 1080p, 1.78:1 ratio
  • Starring the voices of Jason O'Mara, Morena Baccarin and others.
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Though I am not a comic book nerd, I do appreciate a good action flick with superheroes. Don’t ever call these films “cartoons”. They are animated adaptations of “graphic novels” (also not to be confused with “comic books”). Got that? In any case, this film is one of DC’s shorter ones and contains plenty of action, blood (but no gore), surprises and advance the storyline of the fabled caped crusader. The story introduces Damian Wayne, Bruce’s son with Talia Al Ghul, who is Ra’s daughter. Apparently she seduced Batman with a drug and had her way with him some time ago. So, Damian possess the mind and skills of his father and grandfather which leads to good fight scenes with samurai, man-bats and an arch-criminal named Deathstroke. Did I mention the return of Robin? Perhaps too violent for the little kiddies, early teens will find plenty to cheer about and you yourself will not be too bored watching it with them.

Technical

Picture quality looks fantastic. I noticed some minor banding in the darker scenes, but nothing that would distract the average viewer. Sound is clear and aggressive in all chancels, including the sub woofer. Colors are clean and punchy. Dialog is crisp and centered.

Extras

Four featurettes on the development of the story and characters. A preview to an up-coming movie: Assault on Arkham. A digital copy and DVD are also included.