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Dcu: Son of Batman [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
My review might be a little biased as I never liked Damian. I would have given it 3 1/2 stars but the action just edges it to 4 stars for me rather than round down to 3. The animation is great. In keeping with the all the other recent DC releases more anime style. There is not that much dialogue, and what is there is not bad. The fights, cuts and bruises and innuendo mean this is aimed at a more mature audience. This for me is great.

The story is a bit of the new school ninjas, (led by Slade Wilson), taking over from the old school, (led by Ra's al Ghul). The New school seem to have the advantage of not being shy about using guns and bazookas and missiles. Ra seems to have the Jedi ability to deflect bullets with his blade despite being surrounded or fired on by machine gun rapid fire. I do like this incarnation of Ra it does show how deadly he is. To become the undisputed leader of the League of Assassins my must kill the Al Ghul blood line including Damian. Knowing this Talia, take puts Damian under the protection of the father he has never met. Everyone seems to accept this incredibly well. Especially the suspicious to the point of paranoid Bruce. Damian seems to suffer the superior rich boy complex, making him just completely unlikable. I have to agree with Alfred in his statement "I am for the shrubbery". Something that does not seem to add up is Ra seem to favour old to little technology, yet Damian seem to have enough computer skills to hack into through the Bat-computer systems like a Knife through butter.

This is an action orientated, ninja fest. As long as you accept that going into the film. If you like that you will love this, if you prefer more story with action Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] would be a better choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2014
I am an absolutely huge Batman fan and i take every opportunity to see the charactor from comics through to video games. I felt that this was a strong entry into the Batman animated universe, as is the way with DCU animated features this film takes the events of two different comic book arcs and makes them into a single narrative.
I felt that the animation in particular on this film was incredible with the action scenes slick, exciting and above all intense. I thought that the changes that had to be made to the existing stories were handled sympathetically. However i would say that if you were just stumbling onto Batman animated films then this would not be the best to start with. There is plenty of assuming that the vieiwer is aware of some of the Mythology (Batman has a Son and the villains motivations etc)
I would say that this is a fine addition to an already existing collection, but if you are wanting to start one then choose the animated series, or if you just want an amazing film pick under the red hood.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2014
This is another decent entry in the DC animated universe. Based (loosely) on some of Grant Morrisons work in the Batman comics, it charts the early journey of young Damien Wayne, the product of a liason between Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul (therefore the Son of Batman).

We start with Damien still in the care of his mother and the league of assassins but a meeting with the Dark Knight is not far away. For those that haven't read the comics I won't spoil where it all goes from there but suffice to say there's plenty of superhero action along the way. Like other recent DC movies (including the excellent Flashpoint Paradox) there's rather a lot of bloodshed in this one, Damien himself is a particularly blood thirsty character to begin with. Not necessarily a bad thing of course but perhaps not a film for the youngest viewers.

DC like to pack these things with characters so you also get Nightwing, Killer Croc, Manbat, Ra's Al Ghul, Deathstroke and others for your money. Overall worth a watch but not one of the absolute best they've put out.

The blu ray package is pretty decent also. You get 3 featurettes on this film and a sneak peak at another - Assault on Arkham.
For those that don't already have them in their collection you also get 4 episodes from past Batman series.

Batman Animated Series - "Showdown"
Batman Beyond - "Out of the Past"
The Brave and the Bold - "Sidekicks Assemble" and "The Knights of Tomorrow"
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After a sustained assault on the League of Shadow's lair, Ra's al Ghul is murdered by his former protégé, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson). His daughter Talia flees with her son Damian to Gotham. Damian has spent his entire life in the walls of the League of Shadows compound and is a highly skilled fighter for such a young man. Talia, being targeted by Deathstroke, thinks it would be safer for Damian to stay with his father, the Dark Knight - apparently Damian is the result of a little date-rape by Talia...

Damian is bloodthirsty and Batman struggles to temper his will; trying to teach him that you do not fight crime by being a criminal. But when Deathstroke's master plan becomes apparent, the Dark Knight will have to team up with the impetuous young Damian to topple them, will they suceed? Time will tell...

Son of Batman is an excellently animated adventure, credit to Warner Animation who have done a sterling job. The action is constant with some excellent characters making an appearance; Nightwing, Killer Croc, Manbats and a prominent performance from Alfred. Whilst Damian is an impetuous little SOB (Son of Batman) - he is skilled and earns Batman's respect. The story is solid but the action is a little over the top sometimes - an eight-year-old being able to go sword to sword with a 400lb body builder and hold his ground is a bit much, as are arrow launching mini-guns and trebuchets able to take out moving helicopters. Despite these points, this is a great addition to the DC animated universe.

Recommended!
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on 9 May 2014
Of all the varied entries in this series of DC animated movies Son of Batman sits somewhere in the middle in terms of quality, it is a fun watch with plenty of action that lacks a little in the substance department but is still well worth seeing.

This film is very loosely based on the Batman and Son story by Grant Morrison and by very loosely I mean it bears very little resemblance to the original (if you are a fan of that particular story don't say you weren't warned) the basic story is that after an assault on the league of assassins Talia decides the safest place for her son Damien is with his father, who just happens to be Batman what follows is a pretty standard revenge story but with the added element of Damien trying to balance his training and nature with the less severe wishes of his father, unfortunately though this dual nature is not really touched on a huge amount but with only a 74 minute run time action is more prevalent then character development, the voice work generally is good Jason O'Mara seems to have found his range with his second outing as Batman and Stuart Allan does a very good job as Damien giving him both an adult edge but also keeping the juvenile arrogance that you would expect from a ten year old assassin, the rest of the cast have their moments but for most other characters screen time is quite limited apart from one and that one is my biggest problem.

Deathstroke is the main villain of the piece and also it's biggest drawback, Thomas Gibson's voice work doesn't suit the character very well it is very monotone and lacking in emotion this added to the characterisation in general which makes sweeping changes to Deathstroke that strips away everything which is great about the character and makes him a cardboard cut out villain whose motives make very little sense anyway, if you are not too familiar with the character then this might not be a problem but if you are a fan of Slade Wilson I'd imagine that you might be less then impressed.

This Blu-ray though does have some good extras, three short pieces on the league of assassins, Damien and the character design, a sneak peek at the next feature Assault on Arkham and four bonus cartoons, three stories about the league of Assassins and Ra's Al Ghul (one each from Btas, Batman Beyond and the Brave and the Bold) and one from the Brave and the Bold featuring a very different version of Damien all of which are worth watching and are a nice little extra.

So overall a solid if not spectacular Batman animated film that has it's flaws but there is still plenty to enjoy.
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I really loved this animated Batman movie. I came to it cold as I haven't been following the whole Damian drama - although I knew who he was, etc. My era was the 70's/80's and I tend to keep to that era for nostalgia while dipping in now and then in to the DC universe. As for this movie I loved it and thought it a very strong one after a few recent disappointments (JL: Doom and Flashpoint). DC always seem to excel themselves when Batman is the star of the show. It was really gripping and the time flew by. I cannot be hundred percent sure if this is exactly the same as the DC comics, but for me it was a vast improvement. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
Es ist nicht angegeben, aber der Film hat eine Deutsche Tonspur.
It is not stated, but the movie is even in German language.
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on 13 March 2015
I bought this because I really enjoyed other DC animated films The Dark Knight Returns (parts 1 & 2) and Assault on Arkham.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one as the reviews were mixed and I have never been a big Robin fan.I have to say I was pleasantly surprised & thoroughly enjoyed it. Although Batman features a fair bit the story revolves around Damian (Robin) which was quite refreshing. I really liked the Anime style and the fight sequences were very well done.

In summary: impressive animation, good story and a good voice cast. I am looking forward to the upcoming Batman vs Robin.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Well it seems Batman got drugged one night and did the nasty with Talia al Ghul who had a son Damian. Damian is a fighter and intellect like Batman. Damian wants to avenge the death of his grandfather Ra's al Ghul who was killed by Death Stroke. Damian has untempered anger which Batman attempts to control. Meanwhile Death Stroke has a scientist making mutants for him.

The film utilizes the dry humor of Alfred and some dark humor. Modern automatic weapons seem to have a tough time against medieval swords. It makes me wonder how Hitler conquered Poland. Fun popcorn film.
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on 29 July 2014
A gripping and cool story that dictates how batman's son (Damian Wayne) was moulded by the league of assassins and how his father tries to change that. It includes some other characters from the batman universe that help the story line (e.g. Dick Grayson, Nightwing; Kurt Langstrom, Manbat; Waylon Jones, Killer Croc...). I would recommend this for boys between 12-40
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