Batman vs. Robin

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Batman vs. Robin
Bat vs robin cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byJay Oliva
Produced byJames Tucker
Screenplay byJ. M. DeMatteis
Based onBatman: The Court of Owls
by Scott Snyder
Greg Capullo
Jonathan Glapion
Starring
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
Edited byAl Bretienbach
Production
companies
Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
The Answer Studio (Animation services)
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
  • April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07) (digital)
  • April 14, 2015 (2015-04-14) (physical)
Running time
80 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Batman vs. Robin is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and DC Animated Movie Universe. The film is partially based on the Batman: The Court of Owls story arc written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, and serves as a sequel to 2014's Son of Batman. The film was shown during WonderCon on April 3, 2015. The film was released for downloading on April 7, 2015, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD formats on April 14, 2015.[2]

Stuart Allan, Jason O'Mara, David McCallum, and Sean Maher reprise their respective roles from Son of Batman.

Plot[edit]

In the past, a young Bruce Wayne learns of a secret organization called the Court of Owls from his father Thomas, that are lurking in the shadows. After witnessing the death of his parents, Bruce suspects that the Court were behind the murder, but finds no evidence leaving him to believe the Court were just in fact a story. In the present-day, Bruce’s son Damian[N 1] goes out as Robin to rescue a group of missing chhjukvcyjuxzxkufglihildren abducted by Anton Schott, who has been turning them into dolls. After, a mysterious figure in an owl costume suddenly appears and kills Anton, leaving with a feather behind. However, due to his past violent actions, Bruce blames Damian for his murder prompting him to place security measures around Wayne Manor to prevent Damian from going out as Robin.

The following night, Bruce goes out as Batman to track down the feather leading him to a museum where he is confronted by a group of owl costumed assassins. They eventually capture him and take him to the Court of Owls headquarters where he meets their leader the “Grandmaster”. The Grandmaster offers Bruce to join them but kindly declines with the Court returning him home safely. Meanwhile, Damian manages to escape Wayne Manor and while out, he meets the same assassin who killed Anton, introducing himself as Talon. Talon takes Damian under his wing, training him to become a Court assassin.

Bruce infiltrates a Court headquarters and is taken out by a hallucination gas, but is rescued by Nightwing and Alfred Pennyworth. When Damian is revealed to be Bruce’s son, the Grandmaster rejects him under the decision to emotionally cripple Bruce with Damian's death, prompting Talon to attack the Court. Talon then kills the Grandmaster, who is revealed to be socialite Samantha Vanaver, Bruce’s girlfriend, while also insisting that she would have done the same to him. Now having control of the Court, Talon leads an attack on Wayne Manor but Batman, Nightwing and Alfred fend them off.

Damian escapes the Court headquarters and defeats Talon, telling him he can never be a better father than Bruce. In his defeat, Talon commits suicide by forcing Damian to stab him through the neck with his own sai. This greatly traumatises Damian, who rejects Bruce’s offer to return home on the grounds that he doesn’t know who he is. Ultimately, Damian decides to leave Bruce, who suggests he should go to a monastery in the Himalayas in order to find himself[N 2].

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Batman vs. Robin received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on five reviews.[5] IGN rated it 6.7/10[6] and Screen Rant 2.5/5.[7] The film earned $4,224,713 in domestic home video sales.[8]

Sequels[edit]

A sequel titled Batman: Bad Blood was released in 2016 which was followed by Batman: Hush in 2019.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ introduced in the 2014 film Son of Batman
  2. ^ Damian returns in the 2016 film Batman: Bad Blood

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECIHJUwPHtU
  2. ^ "Batman vs Robin Release Dates". The World's Finest. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jason O'Mara, Jeremy Sisto and even "Weird Al" Yankovic are among those lending their pipes to the 'Son of Batman' sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Batman vs Robin: Backstage - Cast and Crew". The World's Finest. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Batman Vs. Robin (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Batman vs. Robin Review - IGN, retrieved December 23, 2020
  7. ^ "'Batman vs. Robin' Review". ScreenRant. April 13, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Batman vs. Robin (2014) The Numbers listing". The Numbers. Accessed October 4, 2019.

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