A Batman Animated Movies Double Feature.
Batman vs Robin (Warner Bros. Animation)
Directed by Jay Oliva
Starring Jason O’Mara as Batman-Bruce Wayne, Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne-Robin, Sean Maher as Dick Grayson-Nightwing, Jeremy Sisto as Talon, “Weird Al” Yankovic as Anton Schott-The Dollmaker, David McCallum as Alfred Pennyworth, Grey DeLisle, Kevin Conroy, Robin Atkin Downes, Troy Baker & Peter Onorati
Batman vs Robin is a pretty good Batman story and I’m happy they improved the fight animation. The fights are more realistic. In Son of Batman, Damian would fly around like he was lighter than air during the fights. I don’t like when the animators suspend the laws of gravity. This one respects the rules of physics at least.
It’s a good story about Batman trying to bond with his son. These have to be watched in order. So if you haven’t watched Son of Batman, you’ll be lost. Batman’s son is raised by the League of Assassins and now lives in Wayne Manor. And he’s become the new Robin. Replacing Dick Grayson who became Nightwing. The kid’s got a bit of a chip on his shoulder to say the least. But Damian isn’t as annoying in this one as in the last.
Batman vs Robin has some brutal fight scenes. Some nice Batman action. There’s a great Robin vs Nightwing fight. The Robin vs Batman one from the title. And a couple of epic battles between Batman and an Army of the Dead. I enjoyed this one because the fights are more realistic than in the previous one.
I’m looking forward to checking out Batman: Bad Blood next.
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Batman: Bad Blood (Warner Bros. Animation)
Directed by Jay Oliva
Written by J. M. DeMatteis
Starring Jason O’Mara as Bruce Wayne-Batman, Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Kane-Batwoman, Stuart Allan as Damian Wayne-Robin, Sean Maher as Dick Grayson-Nightwing-Batman II & Morena Baccarin as Talia al Ghul
I think I liked Bad Blood a little more than Batman vs Robin even though the fight scenes weren’t nearly as good. We were back to having Damian flying around like he was Yoda in the prequels and defying gravity just to have him face off against larger enemies.
But the plot of Bad Blood is epic and I like the formation of the “Bat Family” that happens in the movie. Also Bad Blood has a much cooler bad guy, Talia al Ghul. And more epic fights because in this one we have the whole squad. All the bats are here. (and even one more you’re not expecting at the end… it’s Batgirl. They tease Batgirl for the next movie)
The two movies go well together. Bad Blood is sort of a companion to Batman vs Robin. In my opinion The Batman Animated Movie Series has progressed nicely. So it’s absolutely imperative that you watch them in order. I’m really starting to like these movies. Can’t wait to see where we they go next.
So to Recap…
Holy DVDs Batman.
At almost three hours, the double feature of Batman vs Robin and Batman: Bad Blood is an entertaining Bat-Time on home video.