Son of Batman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film and a follow-up to Justice League: War as part of the new continuity established by Flashpoint Paradox. The film has Jason O’Mara reprising his role as Batman while David McCallum and Fred Tatasciore reprise their roles as Alfred Pennyworth and Killer Croc. Other-wise, Stuart Allan comes around in his role as Damian Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Talia, and Thomas Gibson does the role of Deathstroke.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, but like a lot of direct-to-video animated films, it’s definitely difficult to have the facts for what the popular consensus says.
I will be honest and say that I wasn’t too excited for Son of Batman. The animation looked iffy, and I haven’t been too keen on the rest of the last two movies in the animated universe. Flashpoint Paradox had cool themes, but failed at capturing the potential of any of them, and Justice League: War failed at holding my attention. It didn’t help my enthusiasm that a much better more appealing Batman: Assault on Arkham was released soon after.
With the DC Animated Universe being rebooted, I think it’s time to offer-up some criticisms about Batman’s sidekick. He’s a teenage boy that helps his heavily armored partner fighting crime, and while it’s classical for them to use the classical costume, you would think they’d make a few modifications in later installments for a darker universe. The costume from Batman & Robin wasn’t too bad, minus the nipples. Also, in the film towards the end, without giving anything away, too much is weighed on Boy Wonder. Batman seems completely content letting him fight some of the most dangerous assassins. “He’s a skilled fighter himself.”
These are merely some little pet-peeves that I have about the film.
We have also tread the “we don’t kill” themes before with films like Batman: Under the Red-Hood”. I realize that comparison is pulling at straws, but the point that I am trying to make is there isn’t really anything particularly unique about this film. Everything feels built-in and remote, like its a film made by skilled people that are going through the motions.
I didn’t really become invested with any of the characters. Damian feels like a lot of other Robins, Batman doesn’t really offer too much personality, but he usually excels when he has a worthy antagonist to propel him. Death Stroke is a villain that I wish was better. I loved him as Slade in the Teen Titans animated-series, but everything that I have seen from him as Death Stroke (besides Batman: Arkham Origins) has disappointed me as bland and generic as well.
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