Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Batman: Bad Blood Review

Batman: Bad Blood Review
I know that the DC animated movies are direct-to-video movies. You can't run out to go see this in theaters right now. But that doesn't mean that they aren't worth seeing, or they are not fully of merit, or that they don't matter. There is plenty to enjoy in these movies. I have stated time and time again that these DC animated films are some of the very best superhero movies being made. The crew behind these movies understand the DC Universe better than any live action crew has so far, and each year they are a great ride.

There have been several Batman films, and that's because Batman is the man and he's really popular. He's always going to be popular. I have heard people complain in the past that there are too many Batman movies. All I can say is, there can not be too many Batman movies. That's a joke, of course. But as long as Batman remains popular, he is always going to be around, no use in getting cranky about it. He's got a rich history, a great rogue list and compelling story arcs. He's a character you can do just about anything with, and people use him with ease.

In "Batman: Bad Blood," Batman breaks up a fight within group of supervillains, including Killer Moth, Electrocutioner, Blockbuster and The Calculator. I love that this movie sheds some light on some of the lesser-known Batman villains, because good stories can be told without having to rely on Joker or Catwoman or Penguin or Two-Face or any of the big shots. Batman comes also to aide Batwoman, a superhero who uses methods Batman deems questionable. In the fight, Batman comes across the mysterious Heretic, who rigs the building to explode. As Batwoman escapes, Batman seemingly perishes in the fire. Several years later, the citizens of Gotham are wondering where Batman is. Alfred Pennyworth is filling in as Bruce Wayne for Wayne Enterprises (literally filling in for him). Dick Grayson takes up the Batman mantle and even Bruce's illegitimate son Damien Wayne makes it to Gotham to aide Grayson. Together with Batwoman, they look for answers to where Bruce is, which leads them back to the Heretic and many twists and turns.

I love that even though this is an animated feature, that it still feels awesome. Just because its animated doesn't necessarily mean its a family-friendly movie. In fact, parents should be warned that there is suggestive material, foul language, and some blood. Its a hardened Batman story, and I like that it tells its story straight, even if this shouldn't be something you buy your five-year-old nephew. The animation is, to be expected, stellar and crystal clear. There is a great voice cast which includes Jason O'Mara, Yvonne Strahovski, Stuart Allen, Ernie Hudson, Morena Baccarin and Sean Maher. Most of these actors have worked on these DC animated movies before, and they constantly deliver top-knots work.

As the eve of "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" grows nearer and nearer, this could be a fun way to get into the spirit of all things DC! 

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