Son of Batman
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|Son of Batman|
Home video release cover art
|Directed by||Ethan Spaulding|
|Produced by||James Tucker|
|Screenplay by||Joe R. Lansdale|
|Story by||James Robinson|
|Based on||Batman and Son
by Grant Morrison
|Music by||Frederik Wiedmann|
|Edited by||Christopher D. Lozinski|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
Son of Batman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It is an adaptation of Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert's 2006 Batman and Son storyline. The film was released as a digital download on April 22, 2014, and was released on home media May 6.
At the headquarters of the League of Assassins, Ra's al Ghul grooms Damian Wayne (son of his daughter, Talia, and Batman) to succeed him as head of the league. The league is attacked by a group of assassins led by Slade Wilson, Ra's al Ghul's initial choice for successor before Ra's met Batman. Feeling betrayed, Slade decided to seize power. During the battle Ra's is fatally wounded, dying before he reaches the Lazarus Pit. Although Damian stabs Slade in the eye, Slade escapes. Talia takes Damian to Gotham City to protect him.
In Gotham City, Batman confronts Killer Croc, whom Talia subdues. She tells Batman about her father's death and leaves their son in his care. Although Damian wants to avenge Ra's al Ghul by killing Slade, Batman objects. Slade, now calling himself Deathstroke, captures Dr. Kirk Langstrom and his family to force him to recreate the Man-Bat formula. Batman follows a lead about the formula's mutagen to Langstrom's apartment, where he finds evidence of Deathstroke's involvement. Talia is captured by Deathstroke when she attacks him.
Against Batman's orders, Damian leaves the Batcave and defeats one of Deathstroke's men. Before Damian kills him, Nightwing arrives, mistakes him for a criminal and subdues him before bringing him back to the Batcave. Batman berates Damian for his recklessness, willingness to kill and exposure of their operation, and makes him Robin to teach him discipline. Commissioner Gordon warns them about an abandoned stadium believed to house Deathstroke's men.
At the stadium, Batman and Damian question Langstrom but are attacked when Damian becomes violent. In the cave, Langstrom reveals Deathstroke's plan to create superhuman, flight-capable assassins. While Nightwing works with Langstrom on an antidote, Batman and Damian rescue his family. Batman guesses that Talia has been abducted when he finds evidence of torture in an empty cell, but is unaware that Deathstroke challenged Damian to a duel in exchange for Talia's life.
Nightwing learns that Deathstroke is operating in an oil rig off the Scottish coast, and when Batman is distracted Damian goes to the rig. He finds Deathstroke and Talia in an underwater base with a swarm of Man-Bats and another Lazarus Pit, whose fluid Deathstroke intends to sell. Damian pulls a gun on Deathstroke, who holds one against Talia's head. Damian drops his gun; Deathstroke fires at him, but Talia jumps out and takes the shot. As Deathstroke corners Damian, Batman appears and the Man-Bats attack. Batman wards them off with sonar-emitting devices, and Deathstroke flees.
Batman takes Talia into the Lazarus Pit, while Nightwing and Langstrom reach the oil rig and cure the Man-Bats. Damian defeats Deathstroke, refusing to kill him because he is his father's son. The elevator from the rig to the underwater base is destroyed, flooding the base. Batman, Talia and Damian escape, but Deathstroke is left behind. Batman and Talia argue over Damian. She decides to let him care for their son, and leaves with the League of Assassins.
- 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 - Joker, Man-Bat Commandos
- Sean Maher - Dick Grayson / Nightwing
- Diane Michelle - Francine Langstrom
- Andrea Romano - Suit #2
- Fred Tatasciore - Waylon Jones/Killer Croc
- Bruce Thomas - Commissioner James Gordon, Ubu
- Kari Wahlgren - Rebecca Langstrom
Differences between the comics and film
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- Talia al Ghul is the primary antagonist of the story arc in the comics. It is ultimately revealed that she left Damian with Batman in order to keep the Dark Knight distracted from her plans and to cause havoc in his life, not out of concern for the boy. In the movie, Deathstroke is presented as the antagonist and fulfills much of Talia's original role from the comic book arc instead of working for her. Even more, Talia is shown to genuinely care for her son, trusting him to find his own path and still openly in love with Batman.
- Tim Drake is omitted in the film; in the comic books, he is Batman's adoptive son and the active Robin during the events of this arc, working a significant character. In the original story arc, Damian develops an antagonism towards Tim out of jealousy, going as far as trying to kill him in order to usurp his place. Batman ultimately keeps Tim as Robin by the end of the arc, while Damian is kept by the end of the film.
- The climactic confrontation of the original story arc revolves around Batman trying to stop the final phase of Talia's scheme to take over Gibraltar and being forced to accept Damian's help, as Tim is severely wounded; both Talia and Damian vanish when Britain's Royal Navy bomb the ship on which they are fighting. In a complete departure, the movie's climax is about rescuing Talia from Deathstroke and stopping him from selling liquid from a Lazarus Pit, with only the latter vanishing when his base is flooded.
- Aside from Tim Drake, Harley Quinn, Jeremiah Arkham and Jezebel Jet are present in the original arc, but were omitted in the film.
- Deathstroke, Ra's al Ghul, Killer Croc and Nightwing are absent from the original comic book arc, but were included in the film.
- At the beginning of the film shows Dusan al Ghul, the son of Ra's and brother of Talia who apparently had normal relations with their relatives. Dusan al Ghul was later killed by Deathstroke. He wasn't in the storyline.
|Son of Batman (Music from the DC Universe Movie)|
|Film score by Frederik Wiedmann|
|Released||May 20, 2014|
|Label||La-La Land Records|
The soundtrack to Son of Batman was released on May 20, 2014, with music composed by Frederik Wiedmann.
|Son of Batman (Music from the DC Universe Movie)|
|1.||"Son of Batman"||0:56|
|2.||"Peace and War"||2:13|
|4.||"Ashes to Ashes"||4:59|
|6.||"Souvenirs d’une Liaison"||1:34|
|9.||"Call Me Deathstroke"||2:40|
|12.||"Ambushed" (Limited edition's exclusive track)||1:54|
|14.||"Great Shoes to Fill"||2:51|
|16.||"The Spoiled Son" (Limited edition's exclusive track)||2:05|
|17.||"Father and Son"||1:52|
|19.||"Off to Scotland"||2:52|
|21.||"Dr. Langstrom’s Rescue"||2:36|
|22.||"Father Saves Son"||2:12|
|24.||"The Fall of the Empire"||1:51|
The film received generally mixed to positives reviews. IGN gave the film a rating of 7.5 out of 10, saying "Son of Batman finds the humor amidst the more adult-oriented action elements in this latest DC animated adventure". On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 75% based on 8 votes. Common Sense Media gave the film a 4 star rating out of 5, stating "Violent and noirish Batman is engaging but cynical". Conversely, Brian Lowry of Variety stated "at times this feels like a sitcom premise — a chop-socky “Full House,” or maybe, “Full Cave”". Tommy Cook for Collider.com also went negative for the review, commenting "Striving for the dark edge of what I guess people expect from a ‘Batman’ movie while still maintaining that Saturday morning toon sheen, the film feels mass produced to appeal to all (give the adults – gore; the kids – a spunky child sidekick.); however in the effort to appease everyone, SoB in fact caters to none".
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