In Review: Batman: Bad Blood

This movie encapsulated the DC approach — throw the team together first and deal with individuals later.

Synopsis: When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family”—including new additions Batwoman and Batwing—to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance in Batman: Bad Blood.

The mysterious disappearance of Batman, coupled with the emergence of powerful and malevolent new villains in Gotham City, force Nightwing (voice of Sean Maher) and Robin (Stuart Allan) to take crime-fighting into their own hands—while simultaneously searching for their missing leader. They’re not alone for long. New super heroes Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) and Batwing (Gaius Charles)—each armed with her/his own sensibilities, physical abilities and crime-fighting tools—arrive in Gotham to assist in the cause.  As this new “family” strives to find its own dynamic, chilling clues lead the group to suspect the Dark Knight may have gone over to the dark side. It’s up to the entire Bat team to uncover the truth before Gotham City falls prey to its greatest threat yet.

Review: This movie encapsulated the DC approach — throw the team together first and deal with individuals later. I would’ve preferred getting to know Batwoman and Batwing in their own films prior to this outing. Granted, J.M. DeMatteis crafted a structurally competent script in which we got the cliff notes backstories and shining moments, but that’s all it was, structurally competent. Also, while I enjoyed the plethora of DC easter eggs and DC henchmen, I felt that Talia’s plot was mustache twirly even by League of Shadows standards. No. Talia is not a good person or even a sane person, but I felt like she was stripped of what depth she’d been given up to now just so Batwoman could have a sparring partner. There were some interesting visuals and fight sequences, but this was a weaker entry in the animated film series over all.

You can purchase Batman: Bad Blood on DVD, Blu-ray, or V.O.D. now.

Cast

Jason O’Mara , Yvonne Strahovski , Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Gaius Charles, Ernie Hudson, Stuart Allan

Writer

J.M. DeMatteis

Director

Jay Oliva

8.7
Batman: Bad Blood
  • Performances, Set Pieces
  • The script was merely adequate.
  • Story
    7.0
  • Performances
    9.0
  • Animation
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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