Based on the Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert storyline DC Comics’ Batman and Son, we find a very different plot from the one in the epic storyline. In the film version, Deathstroke manages to kill Ra’s al Ghul in an attempt to takeover the League of Assassins, so Talia, daughter of Ra’s, takes her son Damian to Gotham City, where Batman is waiting. She reveals that he is indeed the father of Damian and she needs to keep him safe from Deathstroke.
What follows is an incredible film, but still lacking in the epic value that was in the original comic books.
I found the film entertaining and even worth owning, however, they managed to bring in Deathstroke (a Teen Titan villain) into the story Ra’s al Ghul was not killed by him, but by another one of his daughter’s Nyssa, and Talia actually sided with her. This happened before the Batman and Son story. Also, Tim Drake Wayne had become Red Robin and was Bruce’s adopted son. He was in the storyline with Bruce and Dick Grayson only played a minor role. One thing that really bugged me was the League of Assassin’s ninjas were kind of wimpy and when Deathstroke attacked, they did not stand a chance. Even Talia was helpless before Deathstroke. In the comics, while Deathstroke is a powerful enemy of the Teen Titans and even the Justice League, they have greatly exaggerated his role. They should’ve used a Batman villain like Nyssa, Lady Shiva, or Cain. That would have made more sense.
All in all, it was a faulty adaption, but the action sequences were great, the voice cast good, and the animation excellent. Give it a try and see if you like it.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Bloody action violence, innuendo, and language
- Jason O’Mara – Bruce Wayne / Batman
- Stuart Allan – Damian Wayne / Robin
- Morena Baccarin – Talia al Ghul
- Giancarlo Esposito – Ra’s al Ghul
- Xander Berkeley – Dr. Kirk Langstrom
- Thomas Gibson – Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
- David McCallum – Alfred Pennyworth
- Dee Bradley Baker – Man-Bats
- Sean Maher – Dick Grayson / Nightwing
- Diane Michelle – Francine Langstrom
- Andrea Romano – Suit #2
- Fred Tatasciore – Waylon Jones / Killer Croc
- Bruce Thomas – Commissioner James Gordon
- Kari Wahlgren – Rebecca Langstrom