DC is still struggling to get their live action world structured, but recently have started making some big announcements that have fans excited. Thankfully while we wait for these projects to come together we still can count on their great track record for their animated films. One of the more popular characters to join the Bat-verse in recent years, Damian Wayne is the focus of the latest film in Son of Batman bringing to life the story from Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert’s 2006 Batman and Son story arc.
In Son of Batman Ras al Ghul’s League of Shadows is threatened from within that forces his daughter Talia and her son Damien to flee to Gotham City to find his unsuspecting father Bruce Wayne aka Batman for protection. Now with his son in tow, Batman wages war against Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can't fight crime by becoming a criminal. Once again Warner Brothers Animation and DC Comics have nailed it. From the moment this feature begins they let you know they are pulling no punches and keeping the PG-13 rating alive with a battle sequence featuring ninjas, guns, blood and action. Once they shift everything to Gotham it gets even better, but mostly due to the character personality clashes, especially between Damien, Alfred, and Nightwing. As expected there is plenty of action that not only does the story and characters justice, but is just great to watch. There is clearly some attention to detail in relation to the action making sure that the majority of the movements are accurate. It’s awesome to see how prominent Deathstroke has become in the DC Universe and it one of the high points of this story. The merging of his story with that of Damien’s introduction makes for a cool story aspect for the bigger picture. While fans will always prefer Kevin Conroy, Jason O’Mara steps in and does a decent job as well as the rest of the cast including Stuart Allen, Morena Baccarin, Xander Berkeley, Thomas Gibson, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Once again DC and Warner Brothers has delivered a great addition to their animation library. While Damian Wayne’s death was one of the biggest things in comics at the time, but this film once again cements how great of a character he is and hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him. This Blu-ray includes not only this awesome movie, but also featurettes “Strange Blood Ties: Damian Wayne”, “Designing the Characters”, & “The Fang and the Demon Head: The League of Assassins”as well as 4 bonus cartoons and a sneak peek at the next animated feature Batman: Asssault on Arkham.
Meet Damian Wayne when Son of Batman comes to Blu-ray and DVD on May 6th.
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