Son of Batman – 3 out of 5
Despite a theory that Batman is gay (tell that one to a fanboy and watch the freak out), there was a storyline in the comics in 2006 that involved Bats and Talia al Ghul having a little Robin. Son of Batman is the very loose adaptation of that story arc and, as painful as it is for me to admit that something Batman did wasn’t absolutely astounding, the film might be one of the worst animated films from DC—and, not to mention, that it is painful to say this too because they are the best when it comes to animated features.
|At what point do you just give up and sell the damn arrow-|
shooting gatling gun for one that shoots bullets?
|Suddenly Carrie Kelley isn't such a shitty Robin anymore.|
|The violence is hardcore in this one but, with as unlikeable as|
Damian is, I still can't bring myself to cheer too loudly when
|"My plan is simple..."|
|"Mmmf fffrrrmple mmmffthhhh."|
|Batman won't kill his enemies but he will, for the future,|
question his stance on the Pro-Life/Pro-Choice debate.
|"Talia...are you sure he's mine? This kid's a psycho...and that is coming from|
a guy who fights crime dressed as a bat."
Is being a little less focused on something like killing the dude who killed your grandparent make you suddenly get along better with your dad? Because that’s what happened in the film and it felt like a cop-out that completely took for granted the limitless potential of Batman coming to terms with being a dad and setting his son on the straight and narrow path of justice and not vengeance. Instead, the film ends with Damian getting his revenge and all tension between the two is worked out. It felt really sloppy and not Batman-worthy.
|Hanging out with his real son and Nightwing makes Batman wonder if there is|
a returns policy for children.
|Plus, the sexual tension between Killer Croc and Batman|
was hard to deal with...
|"Cod piece don't fail me now..."|
While the film continues to keep the streak alive of having great voice acting and the action is very exciting, the film suffers from just an all-around weak story and dialogue that would make even the worst comic books shutter and cringe. Yes, the animation in Son of Batman is fantastic but the overall product was painfully average.
|Good ninja costume, Talia...I'm sure your son feels completely comfortable around|
you when you wear it.