Son of Batman, movie
  • Considering Damian Wayne's reception as Robin has been mixed, to say the least, it was an interesting choice to make a movie that showcased him and brought him into the DC Animated Movie Universe
  • The plot is fairly simple as we learn that Talia al Ghul, daughter of renowned villain Ra's al Ghul had a son with her on again off again love interest, Batman (hence the title)
  • I was expecting this to lead to an unpleasant movie experience, but the movie actually handles him quite well
  • He does genuinely care for both his grandfather and his mother and it makes him feel like a fully fleshed out human character
  • Even if you\'re not a fan of Damian, I think you\'ll find that there\'s more to like here than you might think there would be


by David Finniss

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    Considering Damian Wayne’s reception as Robin has been mixed, to say the least, it was an interesting choice to make a movie that showcased him and brought him into the DC Animated Movie Universe.

    While this does take place within the “New 52″ world that DC had built within some of the more recent ventures, this movie is largely self contained, so you don’t really need to have seen any of the other movies going in for this one to make any sense.

  • 'Son of Batman' movie
  • The plot is fairly simple as we learn that Talia al Ghul, daughter of renowned villain Ra’s al Ghul had a son with her on again off again love interest, Batman (hence the title.)

    As the kid grew up raised by the league of assassins, it’s safe to say that his views on the world aren’t what we would call normal. It makes for quite a contrast, when he’s suddenly dropped off in Gotham.

    It’s not clear why Talia does this. I suppose it’s safe to say that she did it for his protection, but the kid is more than capable in a fight and danger never really seemed to come up before.

  • 'Son of Batman' movie
  • As is the case in the comic, Damian is kind of a brat. I was expecting this to lead to an unpleasant movie experience, but the movie actually handles him quite well.

    Yeah, he gets on other character’s nerves, but he never really gets on the viewer’s nerves. It’s a delicate balance and the writers handled it really well.

    We see why he acts the way he does and we even see that he isn’t completely heartless, despite his assassin upbringing. He does genuinely care for both his grandfather and his mother and it makes him feel like a fully fleshed out human character.

    I think the fact that he got so many shining moments in combat also helped. Yeah, the kid talked trash, but he could back it up and you were happy to see him kicking butt when the time came for it.

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  • Having Deathstroke act as the main villain was an interesting choice. Him being a rival/potential heir to Ra’s was an interesting angle. It makes sense to some extent, though it is funny how many DC characters Ra’s has considered as heirs.

    Considering he was Robin’s nemesis in the old “Teen Titans” cartoon, I thought it was a nice touch. Admittedly, that was a different Robin, but this fleshes out the personal enmity between the two enough that it still works. Damian hates Slade for killing Ra’s and threatening Talia, while Deathstroke hates Damian for taking his spot in the league.

    Some might find his ultimate plan of creating an army of ninja man-bats to be a bit on the silly side. It really is, but to be fair, that’s straight from the comics. As much as Batman is touted as being grounded in reality, his comics can get kind of silly from time to time.

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  • With only 70 minutes, Damian’s story arc about going from assassin to hero can feel a bit rushed at times, but it works out OK for the most part.

    Still, it gives the movie some forward momentum where it might otherwise feel like it’s lacking it.

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  • Including Nightwing is always a benefit. A part of me wishes he had gotten more screen time, but the writers manage to do a lot with what he has.

    Sadly, he doesn’t get much in the way of fighting action, but he and Damian immediately butt heads and it makes for some nice comedic moments as the two start snarking at each other.

    Alas, there’s no mention of Tim or Jason, but I can understand the desire to keep things streamlined for the purposes of the movie. Truth be told, the movie had a lot to juggle as is, so mentioning two other Robins would have only muddled things further.

    The movie does get off to a rocky start. Early on, the voice acting leaves a bit to be desired and the dialogue is clunky. Thankfully, as the movie progresses, everybody finds their groove and the kinks work themselves out.

    The action set pieces are impressive and very well done. As with many of the direct to video movies, this isn’t for the younger kids.

    If you haven’t seen it, I recommend giving it a watch. It’s well paced and balances action and humor well. Even if you’re not a fan of Damian, I think you’ll find that there’s more to like here than you might think there would be.

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