Batman: Bad Blood is the latest addition to the ever expanding DC Universe and its great Warner Animation movies. When Bruce Wayne goes missing Batman’s “family” comes together to find him and stop an unknown evil group from wreaking havoc in Gotham. Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) returns as the Dark Knight in this film which is directed by Jay Oliva.
Bruce Wayne is missing and presumed dead after an encounter with a group of villains which include Killer Moth, Electrocutioner and Tusk. While Alfred (James Garrett) and Nightwing (Sean Maher) try to cover for Bruce/Batman they also try to find out if he is really dead. With the help of Bat-Woman (Yvonne Strahovski) and the newest Robin, (Stuart Allen), they eventually recover Bruce and find that the threat isn’t just to Gotham but to the entire world.
I have enjoyed all of the Warner Animation DC movies and this one is no exception. I love how far animation has come in the last few years. Back when Batman: The Animated Series aired that animation was some of the best around, but with current technology at their disposal Jay Oliva and everyone involved create a visual symphony that is a pleasure to watch. The special features on the Blu-ray include a section highlighting the choreography of the fight scenes where you can see just what goes into the production to make it look so realistic.
I have to admit that I am getting used to Jason O’Mara’s version of Batman. I used to be fixated on Kevin Conroy’s Dark Knight but I think that O’Mara is growing on me. Don’t get me wrong, I think he is a talented actor and I am a fan of his work but it has taken some time to get to this point. Hell, there was a point where I didn’t even want to see Michael Keaton play the Batman because I felt there was no other than Adam West (who is still my favorite, sue me). The rest of the cast is great with my favorite being Sean Maher as Nightwing. His voice has just the right combination of brooding and a sense of humor. The character wants to come into his own and distance himself from Batman and for me that comes across in Maher’s performance.
Batman: Bad Blood is rated PG-13 and is available on Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet for 24.99, DVD for 19.99 and Special Edition Blu-ray with a Nightwing figure 26.96. The Special Features include:
- Putting the fight in Gotham-Featurette
- Expanding the Batman Family-Featurette
- 2 Cartoons from the DC Comics Vault
Plus a sneak peek at DC Universe’s newest animated movie:
Justice League VS. Teen Titans
There is also a trailer for the highly anticipated live action Suicide Squad coming in August.
Pick up your copy of Batman: Bad Blood TODAY!!!