It’s a very special weekend post, because of Star Wars induced back up. This month is just too crowded for this to be moved elsewhere
The idea of combining Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder is…intriguing to me, for obvious reasons. If you’ve ever read this blog, you can probably figure them out. Throw in a hint of Kyle Higgins and well, forget it, I’m in for life.
To Batman VS Robin’s credit it doesn’t rely too heavily on my all time favorite comic run ever, or my favorite New 52 event, but takes elements from both and creates something new and much more interesting than it’s predecessor.
I don’t think that we need to revisit my myriad of disappointments with Son of Batman, so I won’t go down that road. the movie continues it’s spot on interpretation of Damian and Jason O’Mara’s Bruce Wayne has absolutely seeped into my consciousness as the only acceptable Non-Conroy Batman.
Anyway, plot. So, a few months after enlisting as his father’s partner, Damian is chafing against Bruce’s rules. I loved seeing the Damian stealing the Batmobile scene. (Battle For The Cowl, he lacks the female companion this time around.) After fighting The Dollmaker and his dolls (who bore a strong resemblence to Professor Pyg and the Dollotrons, just sayin…) Damian spares the villain only to see him killed by a Talon, who, he of course, does not know is Talon, but he’s fascinated by this stranger. Bruce doubts that Damian didn’t kill the bad guy, but settles on believing his son, but quickly benches him.
Bruce has a date with a woman in the house and introduces Damian as his ward, which, stings, I bet. The woman, Samantha, is clearly an owl, I mean, obviously, but whatever. Bruce benches Damian and leaves him home to train with Dick, which, should be better than it is. It’s fun, but I just don’t like the Dick/Damian dynamic being coopted by the Tim/Damian dynamic. Or frankly, Tim being erased from this story. Bah, I just don’t like it.
There’s a cute scene where Tim talks to Kori on the phone though and she descibes her lingerie. I mean, it’s cute, but he’s all excited she’s wearing a thong, and I was thinking, “dude, you’re dating Starfire and a thong excited you? That seems wrong.”
Anyway, Bruce is kidnapped by the owls and Talon approaches Damian. The final fight between the talons, Bruce, Alfred, Dick and Damian is fun, and Talon’s taunt to Dick, “you would have made a good talon,” cracked me up.
Yeah, uh, The Grey Son Of Gotham would have been a pretty good talon.
The animation was, not great. It was servicable, but nothing really stand out. I did like some of the designs, and in particular showing Damian as so much smaller than everyone just makes him seem that much more bad ass.
Voice cast was, for the most part the same gang from Son of Batman, and they were all awesome. Jeremy Sisto is new as Talon, and he does a remarkable job. But the movie is completely hijacked by Kevin Conroy, voicing Thomas Wayne, who recites the “Court Of The Owls” nursery rhyme to young Bruce.
It’s kind of like they created the perfect Batman moment for fans in their 20’s. Our Batman speaking the exact words of our definitive writer. It was pretty awesome.
And it’s just cool to see The Owls adapted. I’m still hoping that they show up as the big bad on Gotham, because seeing something this new become this resonant, is pretty cool.
So I’m hanging on to that.