Let’s start by saying that I haven’t read either of the comics that the film’s concepts draw from, so this review will be based solely on what the movie brings to the table.
Batman vs. Robin will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own Batman vs. Robin in Digital HD on April 14 via purchase from digital retailers.
The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss!
Television stars Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) and Stuart Allan (Son of Batman) reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast is Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Talon, Sean Maher (Serenity) as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne. ~ Warner Bros. Entertainment
This is not a kids’ movie. It carries a PG-13 rating for good reason; it has suggestive adult themes, lots of violence, and some strong language. However, Robin (Stuart Allen) is portrayed as the star of the show, but the plot and script make his character seem very juvenile. He has the attitude of a Teen Titan with a giant chip on his shoulder, leaving me bewildered as to who this movie is made for. Having a main character that relates to tweens, but containing content that I wouldn’t show to a 16 year old leaves this movie without a true market.
That being said, the storyline is pretty interesting. Having the dynamic of Batman’s son also being Ra’s Al Ghul’s grandson who was raised by Ra’s but now living with Bruce is pretty interesting. That alone would have been an entertaining plot. Batman vs. Robin layers this with a crazy plot about the Court of Owls. The are sneaky, murderous, incredibly tough to fight, and are trying to get Robin to join their cause. Occasionally the plot feels forced because of all the content they are trying to contain within the length of the film.
The voice-acting is on the verge of mundane; all of the characters feel a little flat and obvious. Subtlety would have brought more dynamics to the characters. It’s hard to say if this is due to Jay Oliva’s direction, the abilities of the actors, or the script from J.M. DeMatteis.
Batman vs. Robin contains some spectacular fight scenes, and the blocky-anime style graphics really shine during those moments. During the rest of the film, I could take or leave the graphics – they just don’t stand out as being either amazing, detailed, or new.
The Blu Ray Delux Edition was used for review and it is pretty sweet, including: a Batman figurine, a digital download code (Ultra Violet), and a bunch of features and commentaries that will keep super-fans up for hours (and the rest of the population mildly interested). With all these things, it is reasonably priced at $29.96.
Overall Batman vs. Robin is a fun addition to the DC Universe, and fanboys over 16 years old will love it. Again, this IS NOT a movie for youngsters as much as the animations make it look like a Saturday morning cartoon. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
BATMAN VS. ROBIN
ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD
ON APRIL 14, 2015
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Inspired by the #1 Best-Selling Graphic Novel, Batman: The Court of Owls
BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS CONTENT
Batman vs. Robin Blu-rayTM and Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition contain the following special features:
• Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls – The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?
• Talons of the Owl – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.
• Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary
• A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.
• Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault
Batman vs. Robin DVD contains the following special features:
• A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators.
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
Batman vs. Robin will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting April 14, Batman vs. Robin will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.