If you haven’t been paying attention, DC Comics have been releasing some stellar animated features in the direct-to-disc market, for those of us that want a little more in between the pages of comics, and what makes it to theaters. Some great examples of this would be The Dark Knight Returns, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Coming soon, would be Batman: Assault On Arkham, which, if it follows suit with the other DC animated films being released lately, I have high hopes. Son Of Batman, while not quite as good as something like The Dark Knight Returns, is still a highly entertaining example of animated super hero action. It’s based on the graphic novel Batman And Son by Grant Morrison. And, while it does change a few things up, it remains fairly similar to the source material. I can’t say that Batman And Son is my favorite Batman storyline, but it’s not bad. A little bit goofy, if nothing else. But, to make up for that goofiness(which the movie retains), there is loads of graphic(for PG-13) animated violence. Seriously, it will probably be a lot more bloody that you expect.
Ra’s al Ghul is dead, slain by former League of Assassin Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. His victory is not without a cost, the price his right eye; taken by Ra’s own grandson Damien. Fearing for her sons’ safety Talia al Ghul decides now is the time for the boy to meet his father. Half a world away a trail of chemical plant heists finds the Batman catching the culprit in the very act. The thief is Killer Croc, but Croc has changed mutated by some unseen hand. With the shocking appearance of the lovely but deadly Talia, Croc is quickly taken down. Back at Gotham harbor Talia gives the Detective the news of Ra’s fate along with the surprise of introducing him to Damien, their son. Talia sets out to handle Slade while Damien falls under the guardianship of Batman. The young man possess great fighting prowess but his cocky self confidence creates friction back at Wayne Manor. Batman’s investigation into Croc’s actions leads him to the home of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, creator of the Man-bat …
The one major complaint I have about Son Of Batman is its depiction of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. If you’re familiar with his character in comic books, or even if you’re keeping up with CW’s Arrow series, you’ll know him as a relentless, juiced up badass, that takes on three major superheroes at one time before finally being taken down. In Son Of Batman, he’s relentless, but not nearly as badass, and a lot more whiny, if I’m being completely honest. Nevertheless, it’s great to see him showing up in different types of media, even if he isn’t recreated perfectly. Beyond that, and the awkward, unnecessary one-liners here and there, such as Robin making a condom joke, I had a hell of a time with Son Of Batman, and I’m highly anticipating the next DC animated movie, which is coming very soon. Son Of Batman is now available from Warner Bros. You may purchase your copy here.