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Title: SON OF BATMAN (DC Animated)
Post by: Perry on May 08, 2014, 03:12:02 PM
Wow, it's official. DC has now become just as bad at making animated movies as Marvel. Dc, the company that use to make me giddy with anticipation, looking for new animated releases has gone and went to crap. With back to back dreadful DC animated movies I no longer can praise this once proud and great branch of DC.

This movie, while not as bad as the horrible JLA WAR, was still pretty much a stinker from top to bottom, start to finish. Just a bad movie that seems rushed as hell and waiting for buyers to drop money on it because it has the word Batman. Ugh.

Again, still not as bad as JLA WAR (or certainly not as bad as the god awful Punisher and Black Widow movie recently released from Marvel), but it does come with a stink that makes you turn your nose.

With action scenes that look they were directed back in the 70's, to dialog and flow that are as disjointed as can be, this movie just ... well ... sucks.

I'm on may way now to read Batman: Eternal #5 ... hope it washes the smell of this turd.

3 outta 10 Lazarus Pits

EDIT - As I was not feeling the drive to write a full review after watching this movie (sucked the desire right out of me), And as I was curious to know if I was the only one that felt this way towards the movie, I decided to pop over to IMBD to see what others thought. Of course opinions are always different, and that's fine, but this guy ... he is not right on everything ... but he gets a lot of it correct. I am "spoiler" tagging it as it does have spoilers, so be aware of that.

From an IMDB review -

1 out of 10 stars
The worst Batman movie I've seen
6 May 2014 | by lornloxor (Finland) See all my reviews
All right, so a bit of background first. I'm not a hardcore Batman fan or anything, meaning that I haven't read the comics and so I don't know everything about the universe and how well this movie adheres to its source material. I've seen Under the Red Hood, Mask of Phantasm, Year One, Dark Knight Returns and obviously Nolan's new trilogy and I enjoyed The Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games immensely. I thought all of those movies were great - Dark, gritty, intense and serious. Not so with this film.

First of all, the voice acting is terrible overall and the cringe worthy dialogue didn't help either. It tries to be humorous while failing at it badly. From the voice actors I'd highlight Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke, he didn't portray any emotion or intensity at all. None of the other voice actors didn't even rise to average. That's really a show stopper when it comes to animated films because so much of the emotion is conveyed through voice. I'm not sure how they recorded the lines but it felt like there was little to no interaction between the actors, it just sounded like they were delivering their lines independently.

I'm not really sold on the animation and graphical style either, Bruce Wayne especially looked really wrong to my eyes at least. Talia al Ghul had her boobs on display quite...prominently. A big problem with this movie was with the physics and how they tried to bring completely different elements together here. The kid Damian is supposedly fighting almost equally with Nightwing and he's also kicking a 200 kg muscle monster through windows and parries his attacks with ease. Then he just goes ahead and casually goes for a 50 mile swim, just like that. I mean, come on. That's completely over the top ridiculous. There's always some suspension of disbelief you have to give these movies but this was just too far. There could be a way to have Damian fight these different larger and stronger guys with speed and stealth while making it at least plausible but they didn't go for that approach.

Then there's an arrow minigun and some catapults dropping helicopters like they're flies and Ra's al Ghul using a katana like a lightsaber to deflect assault rifle bullets from soldiers who are surrounding him. It all seemed so preposterous and set this nonsensical tone for the entire movie. You don't feel any tension or suspense when they try to bring up anything serious. The tone is all over the place. Damian hacking into NORAD at age six? Daffy Duck on TV? People being impaled to a wall from their hands? My brain can't handle this, this movie just differed so radically from all of the Batman related stuff I'd seen before. No surprise that this is the director's first crack at the Batman franchise. I just didn't find anything interesting or evocative in this film.

So wrong, but soooo right.