Batman Vs. Robin Review
By Max Andrews
Batman vs Robin is the second animated Batman feature in the “New 52” style. Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allen, and Firefly’s Sean Maher reprise their roles as Batman, Robin, and Nightwing in this dark sequel to Son of Batman. Kevin Conroy voices Thomas Wayne (They really should have let him play Batman/Bruce Wayne!) and Grey Griffin voices the female lead Samantha. I’m not an O’Mara fan but the rest of the cast is solid. Thank Andrea Romano – If She’s not your casting/voice director YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!!
Batman vs Robin takes place a few months after the events in Son of Batman. Bruce has been impressing on Damian the importance of “justice, not vengeance.” In the opening scene they fight the Dollmaker who is a twisted toymaker who kidnaps children and turns them into sick, disfigured, ugly doll things. It was pretty cool. One of them has buzz saw hands. Batman and Robin beating up a pack of crazed, surgically altered, mutant kids was fun to watch. We meet the Court of Owls, an illuminati kind of organization, and their enforcer – the Talon. They have been in Gotham since back in the day. “You never knew we was runnin’ this shit the whole time and got kids singing creepy rhymes at bedtime” kind of thing going on there. The Talon tries to get Robin to abandon Batman. The Court of Owls tries to get Bruce Wayne to join while they try to kill Batman. I won’t spoil any more for you because the movie is worth a watch.
This is probably the last animated feature we’ll see from the New 52, thank goodness. I give it a 6/10 because Kevin Conroy should have voiced Batman. The animation and art style are both good, the fight scenes are very good and there is a fair amount of action. The story moves right along. I had fun watching this movie. Check it out.
Here is the link to the Anime-niacs episode where we reviewed the movie too.